There are two things about me that have remained consistent, even as I’ve gotten older: I’ve always possessed an entrepreneurial spirit, and I’ve always wanted to help others reach their potential. As a young girl, I thought I could do anything and be anyone that I wanted to. I credit my parents for instilling this quality in me. My father led by example, while my mother always encouraged me to do my best. They empowered me, which is why I believe I am a confident person today.
From the time I was young, I wanted to find a way to earn my own money so I could assert my independence. My first business venture began when I graduated high school and I decided I wanted to own my own nail salon. I became a licensed manicurist and started my own successful business. As I’ve grown older, those lessons I learned at a young age have served me well into adulthood.
I have also always wanted to help other women find that inner spark to be their best. I regularly give talks to young girls about respecting themselves and making good decisions. I love to provide tips on how to eat healthy and take care of your body, and share expertise on haircare and make-up trends that help us look and feel our best. I have always wanted to be a strong role model for women to show them it doesn’t matter how people define us, with the right amount of determination, we can do anything we put our minds to. From becoming a champion boxer, to becoming a business-savvy entrepreneur – it is all within our reach when we stop putting limits on our potential.
The three things to keep in mind if you want to start your own business:
Laila Ali, an athlete and champion of health and fitness, is a perfect role model for today’s healthy, on-the-go woman. The youngest daughter of Veronica Porsche Anderson, and of the legendary Muhammad Ali, she is a strong, intelligent, woman, daughter, and wife. She is also an entrepreneur. Laila’s personal background as a licensed manicurist, and her past work with skin care companies, has led Laila to launch her own line of beauty and personal care products, “Laila by Laila Ali”. Learn more about Laila Ali at www.lailaali.com
Laila Ali, is a speaker at The Women's Conference 2010. Watch the LIVE webcast of the Conference here on www.womensconference.org on Monday, October 25 and Tuesday, October 26.