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I Got a Second Chance at Life and Used It to Start My Business

I Got a Second Chance at Life and Used It to Start My Business Credit: Latasha McRae

Years ago, I was in a coma with chances of losing everything: my life along with all of my dreams. It wasn't easy to transition myself back to my normal daily routines after I got home from the hospital. I was a work in progress, learning how to walk and talk again. I felt like it was going to take forever.

But my recovery process motivated me to keep pushing. It's all about the mindset; for me I never looked at it as an obstacle, and it never stopped me. I looked at it as a stepping-stone. My goal is to become a successful woman in business with multiple companies as an entrepreneur. I'm adamant about leaving my mark in whatever I choose to do.

Once you want something bad enough, you go after it and never quit going after what you want to achieve. I felt this type of fire burning inside of me once I got back on my feet after my coma. When you make up in your mind that there are no such things as failures but instead experiences, you always win. There are so many people sitting on million-dollar, even billion-dollar ideas but are too afraid to take the first leap. My first leap was starting my beauty business, Peeks Cosmetics.

Starting my company wasn't easy. I moved away from my home in New Jersey to start my own life in Florida. Being away from home, family and friends was the toughest part of this transition in my life. At that moment, I knew that this was all me; my company's fate depended on me and my mindset. I had the confidence and desire to consistently push and follow my dreams. There were times that no one understood my visions or ideas, but I remembered that this isn't their dream — this is mine.

When it comes to making my business a success, I am consistently motivating myself to stick to my instincts when it comes to making smart business choices. I continue to educate myself with books, seminars and conventions not only in business but in the beauty industry. Whenever there are available events in my industry including workshops, meetings, sponsorship opportunities and vendor opportunities, I make it a point to make sure I am there. No matter how much you may know about your field of expertise, there is always room for more learning and to gain more knowledge.

I have made plenty of sacrifices to get to where I am today, but I am happy I made those sacrifices. They made me into the business woman and entrepreneur I am today, and I am humbled by that.

For all future and young entrepreneurs who are just starting out, I have simple but effective advice: Keep pushing, keep dreaming and never quit. Aim for new levels in this ever-changing world and you will succeed as a business owner, but more importantly, as a person.

About the author: Latasha McRae is the founder of Peeks Cosmetics, an Orlando, Florida-based beauty company that ships its products throughout the U.S. 

Edited for length and clarity by Nicole Taylor.