As a kid, sometimes the only career options that you think you have are becoming a teacher, a fire fighter, a ballerina and so on. In reality, most people get stuck in an office filing papers because they don’t think that their dreams are possible. But not in my case!
I learned really early, like 7 years old early, that not only was it possible for me to own my own business and be a kidpreneur, but that it was ok to dream big dreams. Here’s a photo of me at my very first speaking engagement. I was seven years old.
I spoke to a group of 100 adults at an event put on by the Hernando County Chamber of Commerce. I spoke on behalf of the Entrepreneurial Initiative Task Team.
It’s been my experience that children who are entrepreneurs become more confident and they realize they have more options in life. For example, before I started my own business, I remember when I was 4 years old I wanted to work at a clothing store in a mall because I thought it would be fun and that I’d get free clothes. However, now I realize that I can be the owner of the entire mall.
Starting my own business, I quickly realized three things: first, I could make money now, second, I could start building my resume with different experiences that would help me to pursue my goals in the future; and third, my photography experiences today would help me to be a better photographer tomorrow.
My dream was to photograph President Barack Obama. I had that dream for two years before it came true. For two whole years, I used the hashtag, #HelpMadisonMeetPOTUS. When we received the White House Press Pool Media Credentials, I screamed so loud! I was so excited! I couldn’t even believe that this dream I had for so long was about to come true. I kept pinching myself. It took a long time, but it happened. That’s why it’s so important not to give up on your dreams.
On Friday, April 28th, I will be speaking at the Focus on Entrepreneurs Conference. I am so excited to share the same stage with Keynote Speakers: Mr. Kevin Harrington, the original Shark on Shark Tank and Ms. Julie Ziglar Norman, the daughter of Zig Ziglar. I will be sharing how I followed my dreams and never gave up.