In 2004, my first year in the chocolate business after leaving the Four Seasons Hotel, I read a quote by William Feather that changed my life. The quote read as follows, “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” I was so moved by its simplistic message that I copied it onto a yellow sticky note and stuck in on my telephone so that whenever I received a sales rejection I would be inspired to pick up the phone and try again. What I didn’t realize at the time was that this quote would become the definition of my entrepreneurial spirit.
One of the most important things I have had to learn on my journey was the true definition of success. When I first started I would call success just picking up the phone and making the call. After a while I called success creating a product that people enjoyed. Later on in my career success was getting my product into a National retailer. From then success became hiring a team of Princesses to help me sell my chocolates. This year felt even more successful because I was able to fulfill my dream of going to Paris and train with one of the World’s most amazing Chocolatiers.
Every day I wake up feeling I have been blessed and enjoy what I do and what I have come to realize, that is the definition of success. I owe my happiness to all the people around me that have lifted my spirit and stood behind me holding up the quote that once was just a sticky note on my phone encouraging me to hang on. This month, I had the honor of being published in November 2010 Chatelaine magazine as Ms. Chatelaine and I want to say thank you to all the people who have joined me in what originally started as my dream but has become a part of all of us. Rose, Constantine, Lena, Les, Garnie, Lyndsay, Brooke, Alley, Laurie, Bernie, my boyfriend Flavio and my wonderful children Fynn and Piper, I couldn’t have done all this without you!