Don’t so many of us fantasize about developing an amazing product and becoming a successful entrepreneur? Toronto-based Christy Cook has done just that, having created award-winning “Teach My” kits for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. (Disclosure: I know Cook through a parenting article I wrote for another publication, and because my child has one of her kits and loves it, literally, to bits.)
Yesterday I interviewed her via email for this blog, and thought I’d share her thoughts on midlife mompreneurship:
More.ca: How does being 40+ positively contribute to the experience of being a mompreneur or entrepreneur?
Cook: I have more confidence and a much thicker skin than when I was in my 30s. Almost every day, as a business owner trying to sell my products, I experience some form of rejection. Over 40, I feel I am better prepared to handle the ups and downs of running a business.
More.ca: What are the challenges related to “not being 30 anymore,” so to speak?
Cook: Tiredness! I think I would have had more energy, if I was doing all of this under 40. I started my business at age 40, so I don’t know what it is like to balance a family and business in my 30s. All I know is I feel tired a lot of the time!
More.ca: What piece of advice would you give other women at midlife?
Cook: It is a great time to reinvent yourself! My favourite quote at the moment is “Fortune favours the brave” by Publius Terence. At 40, we have the confidence to run a business and still a good 20 years ahead to put the time in to build it. By 40, we are more comfortable in our own skin to make quick business decisions and trust our own judgment, so go for it! In my 40s, I am glad I get to be the boss. I can make my own decisions and I can take an afternoon off when I really need one!
Questions for Cook? Post them here and I’ll ensure she sees them.