Lately, I have been doing a lot of public speaking – on topics of entrepreneurism for the most part.
I went to law school thinking I would join a big firm or the government, but shortly after graduation I realized I really wanted to be an entrepreneur. To start and own my own businesses.
Perhaps, because my father spent his entire business life working for General Motors. Although he never spoke about it, I could see the pressures on him working for a humongous – and impersonal – organization.
Throughout my childhood, we moved from Connecticut to Ohio to New Jersey and back to Ohio as GM figured out where my dad could best serve the organization. Needless to say, it was a bit stressful for my dad and our family.
The experience must have imprinted in my mind that I did not want to be beholden to a faceless organization. If I would be beholden to anyone, it was only going to be to the face starting back at me in the mirror.
A petrified face at times, yes, but at least someone I could relate to.
And so I became an entrepreneur – starting a law firm, a real estate brokerage and investment company, a cosmetics company, a shoe company, a clothing company and a publishing company. Although there were times of outright terror and absolute confusion, I would not trade the experience for the world.
The highs and lows of entrepreneuring are well worth the journey.