Fire In Your Belly

FireI am so excited to share that I was recently featured on the BBC. It’s been a year since the Lehman Brothers collapse and they did a feature on how far have we come since then. With the crumble of many of these large firms, its shown us that bigger isn’t always better. Less is more.

The question that is constantly asked is; “How can we get out of this recession?” Many are barely holding on and there’s those that are still trying to find a job. It’s during these times, that many have to reinvent themselves. Or even crazier…start a business.

I am one of those crazy entrepreneurs. Picking a scary and unstable environment to start my business. Yes, it is frightening but for me…”it’s either go big or go home.”

Now that we’re getting close to the launch of Cheapeats, it’s becoming apparent that my idea is becoming  a reality and the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Don’t get me wrong, I am extremely nervous but know deep down inside that this is the right thing to do.

To be an entrepreneur, you have to have a fire in your belly. That passion that burns inside you and pushes you to move boulders to achieve your dream. A faith in yourself and the unknown. There isn’t a day that doesn’t go by where someone is telling me I’m crazy for doing this or trying to convince me to play if safe.  I had to make that tough decision. Not  allow my fear to control me.  Don’t allow the noise around me to penetrate my being.  Once I did that, everything started to fall into place.

Of course, I couldn’t have done this without the love and support of my family and friends. They have been my focus groups, test audience and cheering squad. They have talked me off the ledge more times than I care to mention. This success is just as much their’s as it is mine.  I can’t thank them enough.

Being an entrepenuer can get lonely. It’s you and your 4 walls and they can close in on you. It’s these little glimmers of light, like being featured on TV, that validates your struggle and convinces you and others that you’re not crazy after all. 

The Cheapeats launch is just around the corner and my life will be forever changed for it.  I have been reflecting on all those I’ve met who have shared their experience, knowledge and strength. Thanks for paying it forward.

To all those dreamers out there, go for it!  Don’t let fear stop you!  There are so many groups and programs out there that will help you succeed.  MANY ARE FREE! It’s the small business that will get us out of this mess. Many successful companies have started in down economies. People thought Alexander Graham Bell was crazy when he tried to invent the telephone. And look at it today.

A wise woman once told me that one day I would look back on my struggles and smile. To know that I had come through them with a greater strength and knowledge and lived to tell the tale. Success is a journey, not a destination. What a journey it’s been!!!

Happiness, $25 and under.

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About The Author

A fierce love of food and twin careers in real estate and fashion taught Rose to look for the hottest item and the hottest deal. Perfect attributes for creating When friends and clients needed a great meal at a great price, she could rattle off restaurant names the way a sports nut ticks off batting averages—but with a lot more home runs. Now it’s all at Cheapeats, where you’ll find “Happiness, $25 and under.”


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