In Business, As in Life, Expect to Be Surprised
When I was a little girl, I was certain I wanted to be an attorney and eventually serve in the U.S. Congress.
Many years and twists in the road later, I find that neither of those dreams ever came true. Like most, I’m surprised by the current trajectory of my life because making and selling gourmet popcorn is so very different from anything I could have ever imagined. I’m happy to report that with each passing day and new experience, I am gaining confidence and acceptance in this new role.
One of my favorite movies is “Dan In Real Life.” It stars the always funny Steve Carell who plays a widowed father of three daughters. He’s also a highly regarded advice columnist. If you’ve never seen it, I highly recommend that you do. Not only because it’s funny (it is Steve Carell after all), but it’s also full of life’s lessons — both professional and personal.
Without giving away too much of the story line, through the course of the movie Dan learns to come to grips with the life he thought he never wanted — that of an ill-equipped single father — and learns in the end that he is exactly where he was always meant to be.
The last line of the movie is, “Instead of telling our young people to plan ahead, we should tell them to expect to be surprised.
No truer words were ever spoken. …Popcorn anyone?
De J. began her career as a civilian Public Affairs Officer with the U.S. Department of Defense in the early 1990’s. Since that time, she has been a staunch advocate in both public and private sectors for minority education and achievement. She is also a serial entrepreneur, having started her first business at age 9. Today, she is the founder and chief executive of Soul Popped Gourmet Popcorn, a food-based company that specializes in Soul Food-inspired popcorn flavors.
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