ADHD in Adults: Are you an entrepreneur? It’s a word we hear a lot, not least on this show. But it’s a word that can mean different things to different people. Michael’s guest this week is Marge Brown, and among the other topics of conversation, she shares her definition of what makes someone an entrepreneur.
Marge and her husband, Bruce, work together on their business, now, but that wasn’t always the case. The story of how to combine successful business ownership with raising a family is not uncommon, but as a couple, they found their own unique path which has taken a number of twists and turns.
- From teacher to entrepreneur and back again
- Decisions, realisations, and lessons
- The entrepreneur’s answer to a new situation
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From teacher to entrepreneur and back again
When they were first married they were both teachers. And that legacy has come through in the businesses that they are now running, but it is more like coming full circle rather than following a straight line. Along the way, they have learnt a lot about themselves and each other, about dealing with other people and about how to run a business.
They have gone from various forms of selling their time (and hard graft) for money to being more successful at that by defining a niche, to the point now where they are teaching other entrepreneurs how to create a business that works.
Decisions, realisations, and lessons
Looking back along the journey she has taken, Marge is able to identify specific turning points for herself, and for them as a couple. She shares with our listeners the decisions that they took at each moment, and what the business or life lesson was that they learnt at that time.
One of the biggest moments was when Bruce realised that he suffers from ADHD. This was a transformation for them both and for their relationship. Although the diagnosis didn’t come until relatively late in life, Bruce had already created a successful career for himself as a freelance content writer, well known in his specific niches.
In fact, it was because of his work in one specific niche that he discovered his ADHD. Once the diagnosis had been confirmed, Marge and Bruce set to work to understand the condition, and how they could make changes that would improve their lives.
The entrepreneur’s answer to a new situation
In true entrepreneurial fashion, they didn’t sit back and wait for others to do the work for them. Now they are building a programme to help other ADHD in adults sufferers understand how to live a more comfortable and satisfying life.
This programme is just about to launch, and Marge was delighted to have the opportunity to explain to Michael how it will work. They have invested a lot of time, and their combined expertise and experience into creating something that will provide practical support and help to people of any age who have ADHD.
This is in addition to the already successful content writing programme they run, showing aspiring freelance writers exactly how to create a successful business. But Marge is not intending to rest on their joint laurels any time soon. And neither of them are currently making any retirement plans. Marge’s philosophy is that if you are passionate about what you do, why would you want to retire?
She has yet another programme in the making. And although it isn’t yet ready for launch, she explains her ideas to Michael. She has her own vision, which is to support other people in following theirs.
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How do you know if you have a vision? More importantly, one that is worth pursuing? And how do you keep going, what does it take to turn a dream into reality? Marge is developing this next phase of her business journey, and it will be fascinating to watch it unfold.
Michael CraneEntrepreneur, Business Owner, Presenter
For the last twenty years, Michael has built and run a successful business. He’s learned many lessons—some of them the hard way—and he’s met and talked with many other businesspeople. He’s sold thousands of products and learnt the one hundred and one things needed to run a thriving business. Now he’s bringing this knowledge and experience to educate, motivate and inspire other entrepreneurs.