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MAR 2019

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MY ADVICE TO ENTREPRENEURS: One of the most valuable qualities in choosing to become an entrepreneur and chas- ing your dream is patience. Business and product development are a process and it does not move at your pace. You are excited, emotional, and at times irrational. It is important to know and understand the steps and procedures required for this race. When I was developing Wallabox, I had no clue what to do first. I had to get help with trademarks, patents, prototypes, and locating factories within the U.S. and China. This can take many years and tons of money. As a military family, funds are limited. This is where you may need to turn to family and friends to invest in your idea. It is all worth it in the end. I went from drawing my idea onto a napkin to having it manufactured. I couldn't be- lieve I finally did it. This is an endurance race. You may have heard it before but there is no such thing as an overnight success. I always get asked "are you going on 'Shark Tank?' Maybe one day I'll apply to go on the show but for now I'm holding steady in this race. ON LIFE AS A MILITARY SPOUSE: My husband used to joke about joining the Ma- rine Corps and how when he left home in 1986, he left "alone and unafraid of whatever lies ahead." Well, throughout his career, I have had the feel- ing of being "alone and unafraid" as a military spouse surrounded by civilian neighbors who was raising our family alone during his deployments while working my multiple business ventures. This feeling of being "alone" is inherent in being an entrepreneur. The part of being "unafraid" is an innate ability to pursue your dreams regardless of the set-backs, like being told your idea is not good, yet still maintaining the vision and knowing that you are onto something. It helps to have positive supporters who do share your vision. Tenacity and resilience are your best friends in being an entrepreneur. Overcome your fear, go it alone if you must, and never give up on your dreams! H MY ADVICE TO ENTREPRENEURS: One of the most valuable qualities in choosing to become an entrepreneur and chas- ing your dream is patience. Business and product development are a process and it does not move at your pace. You are excited, emotional, and at times irrational. It is important to know and understand the steps and procedures required for this race. When I was developing Wallabox, I had no clue what to do first. I had to get help with trademarks, patents, prototypes, and locating factories within the U.S. and China. This can take many years and tons of money. As a military family, funds are limited. This is where you may need to turn to family and friends to invest in your idea. It is all worth it in the end. I went from drawing my idea onto a napkin to having it manufactured. I couldn't be- lieve I finally did it. This is an endurance race. You may have heard it before but there is no such thing as an overnight success. I always get asked "are you going on 'Shark Tank?' Maybe one day I'll apply to go on the show but for now I'm holding steady in this race. ON LIFE AS A MILITARY SPOUSE: My husband used to joke about joining the Ma- rine Corps and how when he left home in 1986, he left "alone and unafraid of whatever lies ahead." Well, throughout his career, I have had the feel- ing of being "alone and unafraid" as a military spouse surrounded by civilian neighbors who was raising our family alone during his deployments while working my multiple business ventures. This feeling of being "alone" is inherent in being an entrepreneur. The part of being "unafraid" is an innate ability to pursue your dreams regardless of the set-backs, like being told your idea is not good, yet still maintaining the vision and knowing that you are onto something. It helps to have positive supporters who do share your vision. Tenacity and resilience are your best friends in being an entrepreneur. Overcome your fear, go it alone if you must, and never give up on your dreams! H

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