“When You’re Different”

I’ve always been curious about a lot of things. I read a lot of books and magazines. I ask questions. I like to find out information so I’m not blind to certain things.

When I decided to go back to college I was working at a place where it seems like it would be a good place to retire from. Well the workplace changed along with the economy. So I went back to college at a time when I could appreciate it more. So after about 2 years I graduated with a college degree. I know what I wanted to do I just had to find a way to accomplish it.

After reading books and literature on entrepreneurship, I knew that I wanted to have my own business. I purchased a franchise and it has taught me a lot. In some ways it almost feels like I still work for “the man” but now I can select what time of day I do that. Clothes 4 Cures is not a franchise and I have built this brand from the ground up. Chasing this dream made me different from some of the people who I worked with and hung out with.

Building Clothes 4 Cures makes me feel like I am doing good and making some type of contribution to the world. Sometimes when I look at the logo, or the pictures from the photo shoot, or the good comments from well wishers, I smile. I smile because I did it all on my own. Of course there was Dino, the photographer, that took great pictures. Rick, the SCORE rep, that told me “you can do this.” Justin, one of my best friends, that showed up after a great concert on a Saturday morning to brave the cold to give me his support and pose for pictures. And my kids, that think my t-shirt designs “are cool.

 

Clothes 4 Cures - The Fountain

Clothes 4 Cures - "Bad Romance" T-Shirt Design

 

I have some great people as part of my team. Even the ones that I did not mention (i.e., my Facebook friends, Shequita, and others.) They have helped me to make some decisions that I will look back on and remember. I always felt different working at one of the largest retail chains. I thought differently. I acted differently. I even dated differently. I knew that I wanted to know more about what life could offer me.

Being different from the norm can have its good times and bad. I’m just glad that I have taken a course that is off the beaten path to create one of my own. šŸ˜€

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“Why I Do What I Do?”

I worked in retail for over 10 years. After deciding to go back to college and get my degree, I met some great professors that encouraged me to think “outside the box.” I never really thought I could own my own business but being a student at the University of Phoenix taught me to think outside of just having a regular 9-5 job.

I have been a small franchise owner for over 3 years but I always wanted to have a chance to create a company from the ground up. After some personal issues that arose in my family’sĀ  life, I got the idea to start Clothes 4 Cures. Starting the company would allow me to live the dream of building a company with my own mission, goals, and success stories. It would also allow me to help out a cause that is important to me.

I departed from a job working as an Assistant Manager for a very well known paint store. No longer would I have the benefits, a regular paycheck, and a 401K. What I would have is the ability to see my kids grow up and I be an active parent in that. To be able to wake up and not have to do the morning rush to get toĀ  a job that I felt lost in. Or, go through all the highs and lows to make my company Clothes 4 Cures a reality.

"Bad Romance" - Clothes 4 Cures T-Shirt Design

"Bad Romance" - Clothes 4 Cures T-Shirt - The Wall

Of course there are some days that I do get scared and wonder, “What the hell did I do?” Then there is something to make me remember why I do what I do. My kids will say something that I would have missed if I had been at a regular job. Or someone gives me a compliment on how they like the idea of my company and my courage for starting it.

We all have different paths in life. Whichever path you take make sure it’s one that will allow you to know what you can become. Until next time…LIVE! šŸ™‚