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Have you ever dreamt of striking it rich, winning the lottery, or coming up with the next million dollar idea?

Of course you have. We all have at one time or another.

I am going to share a bit of my story that defies all logic and that, to some, may seem counterintuitive.

When I was in my early twenties, my only thoughts were about survival, not riches.

I was raised by a hard-working single mother of five. In my mother, I had an exceptional mentor, who showed me what it is to be a feminine entrepreneur. My mother worked hard, but loved what she did. It came through in how she led herself daily for countless hours helping women look their best.

But, as life is sometimes, without much warning, she fell ill. With my mother unable to work, I knew I had to pick up the yoke and do something. Otherwise, with no income coming into the household, we were going to lose our rental.

Overnight, my mind raced through a thousand thoughts; and then, as if it had always been there, an idea was implanted into my cortex, and three multi-million dollar companies were birthed. This did not happen miraculously of course…but keep this in mind:

“A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and establishes them.” (Proverbs 16:9)

I had no formal business training. I just had learned that living paycheck to paycheck was not going to cut it; and there was no room for failure. There also was no business plan, funds, structure, or support of any kind. It was just me, my mother, and a computer, in a basement apartment. There was also unrelenting inspired determination.

Through this experience, several valuable entrepreneurial life lessons were learned. Here are three essentials:

  1. Success in anything is only achieved when action is taken in spite of fear and resistance. Dig deep, exercise courage, and put one foot in front of the other.
  2. Do not focus on worry or be anxious about the outcome. Focus and remain in the moment, and complete incremental steps that lead to the next required action. “Momentum is powerful.”
  3. Have unwavering faith that when your motives are aligned with your divine purpose (which is God’s gift), the outcome is already ordained.

“Best laid plans are ineffective if change does not occur. Change is necessary for progress.”


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