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Million Dollar Conversations

May 4, 2011

It was Spring Break 1985 when I traveled to Florida with my cousin and his friends to enjoy some winter sun.  It wasn’t the ocean breezes and warmth I remember from that trip but my conversation with my Aunt who was also vacationing there at the time.  One evening my Aunt and I had an interesting conversation. She surprised me by telling me she had just sold enough real estate properties and produced enough restaurant sales to make her first million dollars. I remember the word “million” sticking in my mind. I had always admired my aunt’s entrepreneurial drive but I didn’t think she had reached that level of success.

This million dollar moment really resonated with me. I remember thinking “I want to be like my Aunt someday.” Although I always admired her for the wonderful, positive caring woman she was, I was impressed that she could take a high school education, learn about the real estate industry, flip houses, invest in restaurants and make that kind of money. She was industrious, smart and a risk taker.  At the time I was in college studying business and the entrepreneurial bug had not hit me yet, but when I did become an entrepreneur 10 years later I remembered that million dollar conversation.

Like most women entrepreneurs I am still working on making a million in sales. There aren’t many Central New York women entrepreneurs who have hit that mark. For the past four years, I have featured a million dollar in sales woman entrepreneur at an event called “Movement towards Millions” so they can share their million dollar success strategies with others. Women who have broken that particular glass ceiling and beat the odds have valuable lessons to share.

 Today’s inspirational blog is to encourage you to start thinking about what it will take for you to earn a million in sales with your business. Do you have the interest, drive and desire? If so, do you know what you need to make the dream a reality? What structure and plans do you need to start planning for your million dollar in sales moment?

 If this monetary benchmark is something you strive for, join us next week at the Women in Business: Movement to Millions event featuring a daring woman who took over her husband’s company after he passed away and made it a million dollar in sales success. Her million dollar business secret is “always saying yes, and never saying no.” What will yours be?

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