I was 10 years old when I realized I wanted to own my own business.
It was the very beginning of the 90s and my parents had launched their own business selling computers of all things.
This was before computers were cool. When people didn’t know how to use them.
When every computer we sold came with a free instructional video my mother had created.
There was no screen capture software back then.
It was a camera pointed at a screen, followed by two VCRs connected together to do the copying.
My parents worked long nights and even longer days, but they were the happiest they’d ever been.
And to be honest, they made it look easy.
The business grew from strength to strength and they were suddenly selling computers to far flung places like Antarctica and Fiji.
I, too, worked in the shop and sold computers from time to time. I also played in playgrounds with friends and went to the beach.
They didn’t put me to work. But I was there, I was curious. I was having fun and learning.
It taught me a valuable lesson about having passion when selling.
Passion lights everyone up and when people see you have passion they don’t think: What is this person selling me? They think, I want a part of it…
I knew I wanted to have my own business, but it was decades before I’d work out exactly what I’d sell.
Many false starts, missteps and lessons learned along the way.
That’s what I love about business. It’s never the same thing, day in day out.
If it ever starts to feel that way… you can just create a different thing to sell.
They say entrepreneurs are crazy because they’ll work 80 hours for someone else so they don’t have to work 40 hours for someone else…
Well, in that case, call me crazy, I guess. But, it works for me.
Owning my own business is a childhood dream fulfilled and something I never want to give up.
What about you? When did you know you wanted to own your own business? Or did you stumble into it?