When I was a little girl, I was always driven. Dreaming big, whimsical dreams of becoming a dancer or writing music for the stars.
As I got older, my dreams became more “logical” and I began to set realistic goals for myself, such as, becoming the CEO of IBM.
I went on to work 17 years in the Information Technology industry and I worked tirelessly to climb my way up that Corporate ladder, determined to reach that elusive ceiling and crash right through it!
But, then, I turned 30 and suddenly everything changed.
My determination was still there but my real dreams that I had as a child had crept back in…this time in full force.
Over the years as an IT Specialist, I would sit and look at my computer screen and quietly wonder how I had gotten to where I was.
I grew up as a military brat during the 80s and 90s with my African American parents leading the way. Looking back, I believe they did a lot of things to protect my siblings and I. But, as a woman and mother, I now know that some of their decisions did more harm than good.
Never discussing entrepreneurship with us or believing (and supporting) our dreams were some of those things. I am now doing what I love but it took me thirty years to finally go for it. Imagine my success if I had been able to start sooner.
While I have never been the type to blindly follow anyone’s instructions for how I should live my life, what really took me so long to become an entrepreneur was the thought that entrepreneurs had to be something (or someone) special.
I truly did not know that entrepreneurship was something everyone and anyone could aspire to do. Entrepreneurship can even be started during childhood. I was ignorant of the true meaning of entrepreneurship because it was like a mythical discussion that my logical family never had.
Now, in my early thirties and an owner of several businesses, I want others to hear my story and know that you don’t have to be some sort of anomaly to become an entrepreneur. You just need to be self-motivated, creative, driven and have a great desire to succeed.
Being an entrepreneur, to me, is like constantly training to run a marathon. You never want to get comfortable, should always be trying to “beat your last best time” and you should always train while looking for ways to improve and conquer your competition.
Entrepreneurship is competitive, but, like track…if the passion is there, entrepreneurship can be surprisingly fun.
One day, I hope to start a school where I can teach people how to monetize what they love to do. Despite what others might think, it’s your life, life is short and you should be doing what you love.
Did you grow up as an entrepreneur or in an entrepreneurial family? Or does entrepreneurship feel like a distant dream to you? Sound off and tell us your story in the comments below!
Samantha Dawson is a Web Designer, Graphics Designer, Freelance Writer, CEO of LocStar Revolution, NoVA 24/7 Notary Services and Web Designers and Scribes. In her free time, you can find Samantha reading biographies, watching documentaries on Netflix or spending quality time with her family. Samantha lives in Fairfax, VA with her fiancé and 3 sons.