Once Ayesha Curry’s family started expanding, so did her culinary career. Ayesha built her brand one blog post and YouTube video at a time. And now: she’s one of the most recognized personalities in the food world (think: multiple cookbooks, a magazine, and a foundation to end childhood hunger). This week, Ayesha sat down with us to tell us how she found her career calling after she became a parent.
Ayesha: I still don't have that formal education, but I'm always educating myself. And I think that that's where the difference lies is there are ways to continuously educate yourself. And so for me...I take entrepreneur courses and I'm always actively trying to find ways to educate myself to combat that insecurity that I have.
And what I have come to learn, in all of that, is that some of the biggest entrepreneurs [and] business leaders didn't come from that traditional background. And it's not to say not to do it. If you have the means and the ability and the time to be able to get that education, then yes. Do it. What a great opportunity. But if you don't, it's not the end of the road. There are always ways to educate yourself.
Ayesha: Some people might gag at this and think it's ridiculous, that I first didn't believe in myself, but sometimes that's just how it goes. And for me, it was my husband being like, "Hey, you're actually really good at this." And my family being like, "Hey, I think you've got something here," that gave me the confidence to step outside of my comfort zone and realize that I wasn't some crazy person just living on a dream…. So having their support and understanding and backing, I think, really gave me the confidence to spread my wings and give it a try.
Skimm'd by Alex Carr and Peter Bonaventure.
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