My journey began at just two-weeks old, leaving the U.S. for an island off the northeast coast of South America. Traversing cultures, countries and continents began my entrepreneurial life—one that would supply the drive, determination and tenacity needed for success.
Traveling throughout life, starting anew time after time, learning to meet new people and adapt to new environments all help in cultivating essential business skills—developing creativity, evolving solutions-oriented ways of thinking; a knack for decoding and understanding situations; empathizing with others. Such essential business skills are honed for those with geographically mobile beginnings.
At 29, I left corporate America to start my own business while growing a family. My company sold products to countless stores in 45 countries. We worked with media, celebrities, public figures, titans of industry and everyday people. However, my family wouldn’t grow as hoped, and my decades-long relationship would not make it through the entrepreneurial journey. I learned many lessons along the way.
BEHIND THE SCENES
I’m sure many of you think you know yourself, believe in yourself and value yourself. But, much like children, entrepreneurialism tests us in many ways. Decisions affect not only the trajectory and health of the venture but ALSO, your livelihood and that of others. You may impact the environment, the local, national or global economy, and the lives of employees, colleagues, clients and more. A strong foundation of self-introspection and self-worth will help navigate the path and avoid potential missteps. Tackling deeply buried, or cleverly disguised insecurities, doubts and fears will make a difference in how well you live your life, create a community and do business.
In the 21st century, assessing both your own and someone else’s background from an outward appearance isn’t enough—hidden diversity means people increasingly bring more to the table than meets the eye. Whether through travel, nationality, race or ethnicity, many of us straddle culture in one way or another.
I created CULTURS to enhance human connection and create community for liminal, or “in between” identities—those who straddle culture, race, identity, nations and/or locations. These are spaces I inhabit, and there are millions of us out there, but no one place for us to read stories about, for and by people with similar experiences. In 2014, CULTURS was founded as a global multicultural philanthropic lifestyle magazine; the first ever digital-first print publication and product marketplace of its kind, to focus on the point of view of those who grew up with liminal identity—“in between” cultures, ethnicity, race, nations and/or locations including Third Culture Kids, Global Nomads, Military B.R.A.T.s, international business kids, Missionary Kids, racially blended and ethnically blended people. The publication shows a new world order—a new normal that affects not only our lives, but the lives of those around us. The missing “E” in CULTURS stands for the “hidden diversity” of this population.
CULTURS is partnered with the Department of Journalism at Colorado State University. It includes articles authored by celebrated experts from around the globe and outstanding student work from the University class “Media and Global Culture identity.”