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Essay question 6
Growing up, I learned about entrepreneurship first-hand. My parents were inspirations to me. It has made a big difference in my life.
The economy at home was slow, and my dad could not find a job. My mother had worked in jewelry stores and was a great saleswoman. She decided that by specializing in Native American jewelry, she could fill a niche market that no one in our area was servicing. Despite having no business education and no capital, she resolved to open her own jewelry store. Her determination paid off; the store performed exceedingly well, and she was able to open three more of them.
Success and business ventures were routine aspects of my youth. The experience I gained at a young age by helping my mother open her stores, working at her stores, and later working for my father in his commercial real estate business deepened my understanding of business, dispelling the mysteries and replacing them with a crystalline understanding of the rewards that the seedlings of enterprise can yield.
My parents even gave me the courage to start a business of my own at an unusually young age. During my sophomore year of high school, a friend of theirs asked me to design a Web page for his business. The professional-looking work I created resulted in more requests for my services. Capitalizing on the burgeoning market, I set up an interactive design company and marketed my services to small businesses. The company took off, and I was earning annual revenue in the tens of thousands while still a teenager. One of the sites we designed caught the attention of a design company, Faboro.ch, located in Switzerland. The owner was impressed by my work and offered me a summer internship.
I am indebted to both of my parents for their positive mentoring. My exposure to entrepreneurship at such a young age opened up a variety of doors in my life. It taught me to maximize the skills that I have, recognize and take advantage of opportunities, and learn the skills I needed to overcome obstacles in my path. That is one of the reasons I am confident I will do well here.