“If you don’t know what your passion is, realize that one reason for your existence on earth is to find it.” Oprah Winfrey
As a youth, when I was asked by adults what I wanted to be when I grew up my response was a writer. Sometimes, I would blurt out the obvious… a nurse or teacher. In all honestly, I really had no idea!
Teachers would have visitors talk to the class about their professions. We often learned what career choices were available but none sparked my interest. The lack of appealing career options and the cloud of uncertainty continued into my high school years. At one point I considered being a lawyer but I was not overly infatuated with the idea.
I began to think about what I was good at as well as my passion in life. I always had a love for writing and literature. The love to write short stories, reports and read books of all kinds was undeniable. My teachers always expressed a love for my writing. In my mind the ability to earn a good living did not seem obtainable.
Studying American history another favorite subject presented another option in a weird way. I learned about a few intelligent women pioneers in business. Women who successfully created their own careers. The names and accomplishments of these women remained etched in my mind to this day.
Mary Katherine Goddard, the first female publisher. She was also the first American woman post master in Baltimore, Maryland. Famous for printing the first copy of the Declaration of Independence it included the names of all signers.
Lydia E. Pinkham converted home remedies into a business geared towards meeting the health needs of women.
Madame C.J. Walker invented Madame C.J. Walkers Wonderful Hair Grower. A conditioner and healing formula for hair and scalp care.
Women taking simple ideas and passions and turning them into profitable businesses. These are just a few of the women who paved the way for women like me. Each women uniquely grooming their ventures to excel in a male dominated industry. They sought out and utilized resources that existed for men to ensure their success. Making history!
I’m quite sure these revolutionary women had secrets to their success that we will never unveil. Most importantly they played towards their strengths and motivated others.
Creativity and service are my strengths. I have always owned this insatiable desire to create with words, innovate and excel in the business world. Sure, I can easily work for a fortune 500 company and climb the corporate ladder. What drives me is the ability to write and watch businesses excel.
There will be good days and bad days, profit and loss. Many long days and sleepless nights but the victory of reaching my goals is what keeps me faithful. I am a confident and proud female writer and entrepreneur.
Mary Katherine Goddard Image and Research
Lydia E. Pinkham Image and Research
Madame C.J. Walker Image and Research