I’m taking a Master’s class about Executive Leadership and my assignment last week was to put together a presentation about an executive leader in the entertainment business. Lots of names came to mind, but I chose Paula Deen because she represents what I call an “overnight entrepreneur.” And, she’s a mom.
Paula Deen is an original mompreneuer. She’s enjoying success today because of a lot of hard work in order to take care of her sons. Here’s why Paula is an inspiration to women and moms.
- Devastation Leads to Action
After 20 years of marriage, Paula Deen was faced with a devastating divorce, and the need to find a way to make a living to support her two young sons and teenage brother. All sheâ€™d know to this point in her life is how to cook and care for people, but she needed skills — and fast. Money was tight; she only had $200 and no business skills. This didnâ€™t stop Paula from digging down deep to survive with the only thing she knew; cooking. (source: Paula’s Story.)
- Overcoming Obstacles
She had no money, no formal education, and a disease that kept her indoors. (source: Paula’s Story.) A New York Times article quotes Paula on her agoraphobia:
Some days I could get to the supermarket, but I could never go too far inside,â€ Ms. Deen said. â€œI learned to cook with the ingredients they kept close to the door.â€
- Believing In Herself
Paula believed in herself and self-published her first cookbook. Since that time she has had multiple cookbooks published along with a new memoir and is the Editor-in-Chief of a magazine.
- Taking the Good With the Bad
- Take Control of Your Life
- Do What You Love
Paula sums it up great on her Web site:
But, you know what, none of this would have happened if I hadnâ€™t of taken the good with the bad, embraced both the heartache and joy, and taken control of my life when I thought it could not have gotten worse.”
- NY Times article about Deen.
- Cooking With Paula Deen magazine.
- Top 5 recipes from Paula’s magazine.
- Paula’s The Lady and Son’s restaurant.
- Paula on Food Network.