Being an entrepreneur is a crazy journey. Being a woman founder/CEO in tech, a mom of 3 children and a wife just takes this journey up a couple notches.
It challenges you in ways you can never imagine and is both one of the toughest and one of the most rewarding things you can do. Most people hear about billion dollar software companies and their amazing founders, and it seems like the magic of their success happened overnight. We just hear about it overnight, and it’s often just the highlights or sound bites we remember.
In fact, the journey that got them there was a long time in the making. On my journey, I am fortunate to meet a lot of people as I travel the world. As I share my story, I am often asked, “When are you going to write a book?” Some of the comments I receive include “You inspired me to persevere through something,” “I want my daughter to hear your story so she can realize she can do anything,” or “I love how you have figured out how to balance your family and work. People need to hear that!” I am thrilled and blessed to know I’m having an impact along the way.
My driving force behind this company and the reason I am building Comply365 is to have an impact on the world. If my stories can inspire people to be great, to never give up, and in turn, they can impact the world, it will be worth it for me. So this year I have made a commitment to set some time aside to share my journey. I am normally a private person so this is a stretch for me, but everything I have done in the last 8 years has been a stretch. My life is built on my faith, family and business, so I will be writing about topics that cover all the aspects of my journey. I hope to entertain you with the crazy situations I find myself in traveling the world, what I’ve learned along the way and how I attempt to balance it all with my family life.
Here’s just a little taste of what a typical day can be for me:
I had just closed a significant contract for the company and was flying high. I had been talking to the chairman of my board on the way home, giving him the great news—“We should celebrate tonight what a great CEO you are,” etc. When I opened the door to my house, my little girl threw up all over my shoes. I spent the night cleaning up puke. It was an all-night task, and as I sat in the bathroom after she missed the toilet, again, scrubbing the floors on my hands and knees I thought, “Yep you are a great CEO, don’t forget it.”
My hope is that by sharing my story with you, you will be challenged and inspired—I guarantee at times you will be on the floor laughing.
My only ask is that you do something great with the life you’ve been blessed with and in turn, share it with others.