By: Katrice Mines, Editor
I’m on the verge of aging beyond the “young professional” designation within the next
few years. And with that realization comes a mounting list of life and professional “to-dos.” Conversations with my friends about legacy building and continued learning are constant, and thankfully have replaced talk of “seeking balance.” I’ve come to enjoy life so much more since shifting into a mindset of taking things as they come. I’m not sure if my focus changed with time or the instability of the global economy’s toll on the business sector since the late 2000s.
The recession made impact just as I was getting my feet wet as editor of Atlanta Tribune seven years ago. Though it was the most exciting juncture for me as an executive, there was little time for pomp and circumstance as the media industry was — as many other industries — in a spiral. I was full of ideas, but they took a backseat to my questions. I spent as many early mornings and late nights in research as I did in working to modernize our publication. Our sales manager can attest to that; I started virtually every morning discussing the marketplace with him. My magazine budget overtook my recreational spending. My mind was solely on doing my part to fortify our brand, and my performance and the performance of our company overall revolved around our ability to improve and adapt swiftly, not just surviving but thriving. And not just us as a company, but each of us individually. I learned that asking the right questions is as important as having answers.
I also learned a lesson about dreams in 2007: They can require a bit of heavy lifting.
It’s an exciting time to be a young executive — whether your career has situated you in the small business sector, in corporate America or as an entrepreneur. And it’s an exciting time to launch for those who have taken the time to prepare for their dreams. How do you prepare? We had that question in mind when we spoke to this year’s crop of what we like to call “the ones to watch,” and I think you’ll find their insights useful.
Entrepreneurs: Start with the diaries of Tamika Tanner — the owner of Gimme Some Suga Bakery and Barry Givens, CEO of Monsieur. We asked them to share a behind the scenes view of trials and victories of entrepreneurship, and they’re dishing on a few things they wish they’d known ahead of time.