I would always remember the last drink I poured from this beer font at my last company. Ironically, it was also this beer font that went missing prior to the administrators walked into the office.
Despite those horrendous few months following the closure of my last company, my last 3 years there had been filled with mostly unforgettable good memories.
During my stint there, I met wonderful people whom I had shared fun times with and not to mention the new clients, contractors and suppliers who I am still dealing and working with today. It was during that time that I started the Hotels & Hospitality sector, grew my portfolio of clients and projects to areas outside New South Wales such as Victoria and Queensland.
In the last 15 years of working in the construction industry, not once have I thought about starting my own business. Let alone without investors or a business partner, and to do it all by myself as a female in a male dominated industry. But then due to the failure of my last company, I was presented with an opportunity by a client (whom I will be eternally grateful) to start my own company.
And I will never forget this quote by Alexander Graham Bell which says,
“When one door closes another opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed-door, that we do not see the ones which open for us”.
At that time, I know deep down, I wanted to deliver for that client. I wanted to be the one that put money where my mouth is and proved to myself that I could do it.
I remembered searching the internet looking for women that I could make contact to be my mentor but only to find none. All signs were pointing towards me failing even before I started.
And my dad was kind enough to remind me what Elbert Hubbard once said,
“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”
And so I said,
“Why not, and so what if I fail? At least I tried”