433. Dropped Out of High School to Start a Business
Cassie Howard was never a fan of school, so she convinced her mom to let her drop out in 10th grade to start her own business. But she also knew she loved to teach. How could a drop-out make that dream come true?
Cassie Howard is a serial entrepreneur and business coach who dedicated her life to helping women entrepreneurs take their business to the next level. She built her business from scratch to multiple six figures in under a year and through her coaching, she helps other women accomplish the same
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
“As a kid, through my business efforts like garage sales, I learned how to do things myself, and that I actually worked better when I was in charge and was the only one holding myself accountable. Before that, I believed that if I just asked for something I would get it, as opposed to working hard for it. I learned that the amount of work that goes into doing it yourself is astronomical, so you really have to love what you’re doing so it doesn’t feel like work. Through those experiences, and from family, mentors and others who influenced me, I learned that there is nothing better than hard work for getting great results.”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
“I was never a fan of school, or of having anyone tell me what to do, which is what school felt like to me. So, I left high school in the middle of grade 10 to start my own business. My mom had to sign a paper saying she was taking me out of school, which she really did not want to do. I guess she had that belief in me that I could make it work. Now she’s glad she did it.”
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“The biggest message I want to share is that women—or anyone, for that matter—can be, do, and have anything they want in life. You really can have it all as soon as you accept the fact that you can. Don’t be afraid, but even if you are afraid, take action anyway.”
Steps to Success from Cassie Howard
1.Look inside yourself to see what’s holding you back, and why. Then flip it around from a negative to a positive.
2. Try journaling every day as a tool for developing a mindset for success.
3. Ignore the people who tell you it can’t be done, and get used to having to do this often. Don’t let the doubters inside your head.
4. Don’t be afraid, but even if you are afraid, take action anyway.
On Her Bookshelf
The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level, by Gay Hendricks, PhD
Overcoming Underearning: A Five-Step Plan to a Richer Life, by Barbara Stanny
The Science of Getting Rich, by Wallace D. Wattles
Connecting With Cassie Howard
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