I’ve been reading a lot lately about entrepreneurs and realizing that my story is not unlike many others’–most of us had zero formal training in our field.
My mom, pictured above with me last year on Mother’s Day, is a perfect example. Her “retirement career” as a seamstress at Sewinit took off well before she ever pursued formal training.
She’s a sought-after local creator of draperies & home fashions and actually quite busier than she’d probably like to be in retirement. I’m super-proud of her & tell her so often.
Perhaps a more well-known example is the adorable YoungHouseLove.com couple Sherry and John Petersik with whom I luckily moderated a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Richmond this week. (Believe me, no one was there to see me–they LOVE this couple and for great reason!)
Turning the pages of their NYT best-selling book named after their blog I learned that neither of them had any DIY-related training.
They were ad execs who simply had a passion for building a beautiful setting within their four walls & did so creatively & within a budget. A blog–and later a multi-media career–was born.
With 5MM+ visitors a month (yeah, that’s right millions, baby) they are the family everyone loves to watch and the line at their book signing emphasized their killer following:
Bottom line: dream your dream & pursue the life you want. Education is a powerful tool and one not to be cast aside, but passion and energy are always stronger.
Oh, and listen to your mom who told you that you could do anything you imagined, and thank her later when you have.