Kikki.K founder Kristine Karlsson boldly took the last session of the day and for a moment, I wondered how she would ever follow Tania’s hilariously outrageous stories. I need not have worried. The glamorous Swede has inherited that one characteristic that seems to be common to all Swedes – guileless charm.
She told how her partner had finally persuaded her to stop complaining about her life and make a plan, so she decided to start a business.
“I had no idea what I wanted my business to be but being a designer, I knew I needed a beautiful office,” she said. So of course, she went shopping immediately to kit it out. Upon finding that there were no cute stationery stores that sold what she wanted, she slipped into a depressive funk. That is, until she realised what an opportunity it was.
Kristine is clearly a smart cookie who did her homework but she speaks of alarming her boyfriend with her grand ideas before persuading him to sell his house to finance the first store. In hindsight – not a bad investment!
“Don’t say no, say how,” she said.
I left the auditorium with a buzzing brain full of ideas and a bursting heart full of inspiration and enthusiasm for the glorious things I could do with my own business.
“Don’t let people tell you it can’t be done,” I advised a young uni student who was just starting out. “It’s the ones who are most bitter that they didn’t take a chance themselves who will try to discourage you.” I know – a year ago I was explaining to my sceptical social circle why I was going to chuck in my corporate career and open a shoe store. But I did it and seeing the journeys of these ten amazing women makes me realise that they started where I am now and one day, I could be where they ended up.
If you can dream it, you can do it.
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