Accidental Success

            I always wanted to be a Doctor.  Since I was little.  After my first year at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, I decided I didn’t want to put in the effort to be a Doctor.  I nearly failed all of my premed sequence classes and transferred to the College of St Scholastica and took the path of Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation. But, once I graduated, I didn’t know what I would do with that degree. So, I applied to the U of M Nursing school.  I was asked for an interview. During the interview, I remember the woman asking me “why we should accept you to the Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Program.” I stupidly said,” I apologize but I don’t know what program that is, I thought I was applying to the Bachelors of Nursing Program so I can’t answer that.  Oddly, they accepted me and I was in the inaugural class of 19.  The first day of classes, that fall, I heard several people say they were waitlisted and so excited to be there. I thought, wow, they were waitlisted, but they accepted me and I didn’t even know what program I was interviewing for?

            After I had been a nurse for a while, I declared that I was going to open a Childcare center.  I remember it like yesterday, Luke looked at me like I was nuts. I had a few bumps along the way, but when I opened my Plymouth location, I only had seven children.  Seven! I worked my tail off for quite some time and it started to grow and grow and grow. 10 years later, I have five locations, nearly 1000 children on my license and about 200 staff. By no means was it easy, or lucky, but it wasn’t intentional to grow as large as I did, in the time I did.  Many people ask me for my “recipe” of success. I have to humbly tell them, it was an accident. Did I learn a lot along the way: Absolutely!  Did I fail at certain things I tried: Totally!  But I never set out to grow a “large” business according to the IRS.  In fact, I was intending to stay working as a Nurse and do the childcare on the side. I could work as a Nurse overnight and would report to the center in the morning. 

There are a handful of other big examples of my accident success, that I will share along the way.  The moral of the story, is that if you prepare yourself to make things go right, they do. It is the dedication, drive, intention and perseverance that is the key to success, not the original road map.