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Do you have what it takes? I didn’t think I did, but here I am 25 years later and find it hard to imagine ever working for someone else.

It took me about four years and four different jobs, including working for myself as a typesetter. I worked for a real estate sales magazine, selling a travel franchise and even making jewelry and selling it at craft fairs and boutiques.

But when I took over an existing travel franchise, I began to develop actual business acumen. That involved showing up five to six days a week, putting in long hours, brainstorming various methods of finding new clients and developing relationships with others who might have contacts that would need my travel services.

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Finding My Way

It did take me about 6 years to find my footing. I tried many sales jobs and found it impossible to relate to a job. I knew that if I did well I would earn an adequate income and then some, but the disappointment I felt from the Fortune arena left me less than enthusiastic.

It wasn’t until I decided to buy the travel franchise that I became more centered on my ability to be involved. Being involved in my community gave me a sense of belonging and  a greater purpose than simply having a job.

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