It started when I was in the eighth grade, remember? You showed up in the form of a shoe salesman. Yep, an older white gentleman who owned a shoe store. It was the first time I’d heard the word ‘entrepreneur.’ You stole my heart.

You helped me see how I could be my own boss, write my own paycheck and set my own rules for work. It was amazing.

Even when you threw obstacles my way, I still loved you. Remember the bad real estate deal when I lost thousands? I learned. It made me much wiser about assessing risk.

What do I love most about you, entrepreneurship? It’s how I get to use my gifts as I see fit. I get so much delight from expressing my talents. It’s so freeing to control my time and fit my life beautifully around my work. And, of course, there’s the unlimited  income potential.

So, on this Valentine’s Day, I salute you entrepreneurship.

I thank you for the lessons. I appreciate the doors you’ve opened.

I look forward to an even longer love affair.