Who has had an influence on you and your career success? When we interviewed Angie Kim, co-founder of EqualFooting.com, she told us how one of her high school teachers had a lasting impact on how she chooses challenges. From him she learned that pursuing a goal because you are interested in it could be more rewarding than pursuing one because you are good at it. Martha Stewart spoke of the many “experts” she seeks out. And Cathy Hughes, owner of Radio One, speaks of how the radio itself had a profound influence on her childhood. Hear their stories here.
We had a lot of fun interviewing the women entrepreneurs from the exhibit and finding out who or what influenced their success. We thought you, too, might want to interview someone you admire and we’ve provided some tips and links to help you do just that. If you’d like to share what you learn during an interview, please Submit Your Story to this site. We’d love to hear it!
Sometimes you want to interview others not for purposes of recording their stories for posterity, but to help give yourself insight into the lessons they’ve learned. If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, conducting informational interviews can be invaluable in helping you learn not only from others’ successes, but from their mistakes, too.
Interview to Angie Kim about the importance of finding a mentor
– When I was 15 I found out about a school called Interlaken Arts Academy in Michigan. Mr. Howard Hints was my English teacher when I was a junior and senior. And he is probably the most influential mentor that I’ve had in my life. He was such an amazing teacher and he cared so much for his students that it really made me appreciate the kind of influence that someone can have on your female entrepreneurs. He really tried to steer me away from accomplishments just for accomplishments sake and really tried to get me to think about: what are the kinds of things that would make me happy, that satisfy me in life? And in that way, he turned me away from the path of math and science, which is actually where I was headed just because I was good at them, from my Korean background, more into English, political science, more of the social sciences precisely because he knew that they were a challenge for me. And he helped me to learn that overcoming challenges, in and of itself, can be very interesting and fun and very fulfilling. So he really taught me, I think, one of the most important lessons that I’ve ever learned, which is: don’t just do something because you’re good at it and just because you know that you’re going to be successful at it. Do things that are challenging so that you will continue to learn throughout life.-