Karen, what have you achieved in your working life?
I have been in business since I was 18 and have owned and operated 12 different successful businesses.
The challenge of starting up new businesses is very exciting to me. I am driven by the challenge of what is needed to make a business successful, that ability to think outside the square to deliver what your customer wants.
In business you have to develop many different personal qualities to deal with your customers and staff, the various authorities and all the other business challenges. The experience you gain is vast.
You truly have to believe in yourself before you go into business and that self-belief is one of the keys to success and to go with that great marketing skills. If something goes wrong you have to be strong enough to find the answer and ride the problem through.
I am so lucky I have loved my entire working life, I have never thought of it as work. I have got up with excitement and looked forward to what I was going to achieve that day. The only times I would look back with disappointment was when I had underachieved. I love juggling 101 things. I can’t imagine living any other way. My mind is always on overload and if my mind does have any spare time it will be planning some new exciting thing to do.