I love walking past this street sign on my morning strolls to the post office to drop off orders. It's a constant reminder that Black women in business is so necessary.
And what we do presently, builds wealth for ourselves and our community. It can also open doors for our children when they grow up.
Brief History Lesson:
- Madam C.J. Walker was an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist. She is recorded as the first female self-made millionaire in America in the Guinness Book of World Records.
- A'Lelia Walker was an African American businesswoman and patron of the arts. She was the only surviving child of Madam C.J. Walker.
I wonder how happy Madam C.J. Walker is to know that Black women entrepreneurs are a growing trend. "We are the fastest growing demographic of entrepreneurs in the U.S.," accounting for nearly 2.7 million businesses nationwide.
Madam Walker and her family, sacrificed and worked so hard to pave the way for others. It is only right to do the same by persevering.
Yup, business can be stressful. Orders can be bare at times and on the contrast, peak order seasons can be overwhelming. But, guess what? We are our ancestors wildest dreams.
So....if you are feeling underwhelmed or disillusioned regarding your business,
...two words, keep going.
Take a break, regroup, restrategize, seek others for counsel and dust yourself and try again (multiple times if necessary). Success is not overnight....repeat that 3x.
Imagine if Madam Walker gave up in the beginning when no one wanted to buy her hair products. Imagine what the black hair industry would look like present-day.....
Really think about that...
Love you for reading.