My parents often tell me the story of the time they were at home wondering where 7-year-old-me and my 5-year-old brother were when they got a call from a neighbour saying “Do you know that your children are walking down the street selling plums door-to door”?
The idea had of course been mine and I had roped my little brother into being my assistant, as usual. The plums were picked from our tree in the garden and we’d loaded them up into buckets in order to tout them to our complaisant and amused neighbours, it was a very successful endeavour!
In my stubborn teenage years my parents would often use the saying “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink” to describe me – now in my adult years I might amend that age old saying to “you can lead an entrepreneur to water but you can’t make him drink”.
Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to hold a number of jobs in various London design studios, all of which I have loved and have taught me a great deal about design, business as well as myself. The ones I have loved the most are the ones I’ve been able to contribute not just as a designer, but to the overall vision and growth of the business, particularly when there have been problems or obstacles that need solving.
However, no matter how challenging or how well paid my jobs have been, the entrepreneur has always been in me. I began to ask myself what my true motivations in life and work were – freedom and autonomy came up on top. You can lead an entrepreneur to water but you can’t make him drink. Like businessman and philanthropist Farrah Gray wrote, “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs” – which would you prefer to do?
It’s time to start building my own dreams. :)