I had always dreamed of owning a business. As long as I can remember. What I chose though, was a job route that led me working in various fields, meeting incredible people, and attaining a wealth of training I will always be grateful for.
But as life happens, I had a pivotal, life changing experience. I had to reevaluate everything. And it put the idea of owning a business in front of me. I always had an insane amount of ideas flying in and out of my head. I always felt stifled in the button down world of corporate. And so I thought, why not give it a try?
Once I started my business, I jumped in full force. I thought I was prepared for the life of an entrepreneur. But as I look back, I don’t think I was. Nor am I convinced anyone ever is! What I know is, all those experiences working for others – whether good or frustrating – was the greatest gift given to me. I had the tenacity and resilience to stay in jobs I didn’t always like. Intuitively knowing each position and company was a building block to the next. Becoming an expert on learning how to learn.
It’s the curiosity to learn that has kept me moving toward my goals. It never occurred to me that my initial ideas would not work the way I planned. I made so many mistakes! Fortunately, I quickly realized flexibility and willingness to change is key to being an entrepreneur. Asking for feedback from everyone is also necessary. And reaching out for help and advice is imperative. You don’t know what you don’t know! I learned there are plenty of organizations and successful entrepreneurs that are willing to help, providing resources or mentoring at no charge because they love what they do. SCORE, SBA Women’s Business Centers, and Women’s Leadership Live are just some of the organizations that want YOU and other small businesses to be successful.
And so I push forward! Inquisitive of what each day holds for me. No more corporate 401k, stock options or standard weekly paycheck. The hours can be brutal at times. But, I have the life of creativity I always hoped. And love the challenge of figuring out how to succeed. I am the entrepreneur that I always imagined.
If you are thinking of taking the leap from a corporate job to creating the business of your dreams, I highly encourage you! It’s a wild ride. Lots of bumps. But such an adventure. It’s a journey that only another entrepreneur will appreciate and smile about. One that bonds us. And so when you are ready, do join us!
Mindy Moger started her business, Durango Dog Company, Inspired by Dogs who Love Adventure, in March 2015, after leaving the comforts of the corporate world to fulfill her desire of becoming an entrepreneur. She currently has two product lines with plans to add more: CANINES & CARROTS healthy, human grade dog treats and the innovative ROVING WATERING BOWL compact bag.
Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Mindy worked in various fields. Her background includes sales, marketing, and training. She attributes her success to the various mentors throughout her career.