“Wait, that’s an actual job?”
The excitement on this high school student’s face warmed my heart as I explained to her that yes, you can have a successful career as a drama queen. I went on to explain to her that cruise ships, resorts and event planners hire talented people to sing, dance and perform for guests all the time, and a good performer who is easy to work with not only can create a successful career, but can pick and choose the jobs he or she wants to take.
I received a similar reaction when I told someone else there is such a thing as a Lego engineer.
In life, we often don’t know what we don’t know, and the only way to figure out what we don’t know is to put ourselves in different places and around people who have different life experiences than you do. When my husband, Rich, and I started our business, we knew how to bake bagels. What we didn’t know was how to actually register this venture as a business, pay taxes or get the proper certifications and insurance. We didn’t know half the things we needed to know to open and run a successful business legally and properly. We had to ask questions, seek assistance and, most importantly, surround ourselves with people who would know what to do and were willing to help us get started.
We found that kind of support in the Acworth Business Association (ABA), an organization that is full of successful businessmen and women who are willing and eager to help others succeed.
Are you someone who doesn’t know what you don’t know? Or maybe you are someone who knows a whole lot, and you are ready to share that knowledge and experience with others. Either way, come join us at ABA. We are committed to providing mentorship, sharing knowledge, helping others and facilitating connections.
The connection you make might be exactly the right one for you.
– Kelly Nagel is president of the Acworth Business Association. She is the chief marketing officer and “bagel tester” for Nagel’s Bagels.