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What the first Oprah (Madame CJ Walker) can teach us... (841 hits)

"I want to say to every Negro woman present, don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!" — Madame C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker (1867–1919) was America’s first woman to become a self-made millionaire. Born four years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Ms. Walker became an entrepreneur out of necessity.

After experiencing severe hair loss, Ms. Walker began experimenting with home remedies until she discovered a formula that helped restored her hair. Soon she was selling her hair restoration products to Black women around the country. Ms. Walker ran several successful businesses, traveled the country giving lectures, and financially supported many social causes. She was that generation's Oprah.

As a person with over 25 years of experience in the workforce, I find great comfort in Ms. Walker’s life story. I have worked at some of the largest companies on Wall Street. But in this downsized global economy that doesn't count for much anymore. I can’t even get an appointment at an employment agency.

Fortunately, I’m not looking for a JOB (Just over broke). Like Ms. Walker, I have multiple sources of business that work for me. Even in this sluggish economy I knew I need to create ways to make a great living. I use my skill set as artist and I have also invested in investment real estate as a way to create a retirement fund for my future. Think about the talents you have to create a way to bring income and seriously consider investing in real estate. For more information check out:
Posted By: Jeanetmarie Smith
Sunday, December 29th 2013 at 5:27PM
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