I consider myself an accidental entrepreneur. I don’t have any of the qualities of an entrepreneur. I’m not a risk taker, I don’t like change, and I don’t mind working for someone else and being told what to do. In fact, I like not being the one in charge. But as I got older I noticed something interesting. My comfort zone was shrinking and I didn’t like it at all.
I’ve been defined by someone else my whole life. Dominick and Ruth’s daughter, Brian’s wife, Steven and Elaine’s mom. I love being all those things. In fact, I’m proud of all those relationships. As I got older I felt there was something missing though. I needed to be known for myself. Angela. I needed another purpose and so I became an accidental entrepreneur.
I didn’t start Alegna Soap to make money, I started it to have my own identity. To learn, to use my brain and grow as a person. I’ve had to push myself out of my comfort zone and do things I never thought I could. Like teaching soap making, being on TV, speaking in public and traveling to Haiti. I’ve taken risks, screwed up, made good decisions and bad ones too. I learned to trust my intuition. If something doesn’t feel right, then it isn’t for me. I’ve fallen down, and got back up. As Alegna Soap grew, I did too, both of us very slowly. I look back on the past 8 years and can’t believe how far I’ve come.
I’m grateful I made the decisions I did in my life that led me to where I am today. Is there something you’ve done that you’ve grown from? What are you grateful for this week?
Yours in Gratitude,
So true. I love watching you grow!!
Angela Carillo says
Thanks Roberta. I appreciate your friendship and guidance. I love knowing I have your support. ????
cindy jones says
Angela, that is amazing. I love how much there is to learn about being an entrepreneur and glad to have colleagues like you to help.
Angela Carillo says
Thanks for sharing Cindy. I think we all learn when we collaborate.