Small Business Stories - Nelly Galan
Latina media dynamo Nely Galán is one of the entertainment industry’s savviest firebrand talents — bringing her considerable expertise to full effect as a successful entrepreneur.
It is such a joy to be here with you, Helen, thank you for inviting me to NAWBO. You can’t believe how happy I am to be among my peers. I look out and I know I feel all of you and can you imagine what it is like to do that show, can we gossip? Everybody asked me what is Donald Trump like? What do you think?
But actually it was an incredible experience. I was scared to death when I got asked to do it and, you know, it’s funny because you know how we all work so hard and we tried so hard to do everything and then somebody gives you a gift on a silver platter and then you go, “Oh, my God. I’m scared.” And I’m a TV producer so I know what they make people look like on TV and I was like, “I don’t know if I can do it.” You know, the typical fear as it come over, all of us came over me and I just thought, you know, when in life do you get offered this much national publicity for your brand. And I just beat the ball and did it and I’m going to tell you a lot more about what happened later, later in my speech but it was literally the most incredible thing that has happened to me this far. It was an incredible gift to have a boot camp as an entrepreneur in mid-career. And really take a look at number one, if what’s worked for me this far is still working for me, can you imagine seeing all your flaws as an entrepreneur on national TV? It was brutal.
And it also made me think about something that I really wanted to share with you in terms of my whole life which is that sometimes in life when you think you win, you lose. And sometimes in life, when you loose, you really win. And it made me think about all the times in my life that come up and I’m so happy to see our young women here and I think you guys are going to find really interesting because I thought I’d shared with you how I came to be where I am today. And it started when I was fourteen years old in New Jersey and I came from Cuba, so I came to this country, my parents were immigrants. Till this day, they don’t speak the language. They have a mental block, I don’t know what happened. And when you grow up, the kid of immigrants, you know, it’s tough on kids because you have to translate for your parents and you kind of become a grown up early. And my parents thought that I was you know, a smart kid in school and so they decided to send me to an all girl catholic school. Hence way, I get along so well with women.
And in this catholic school, I guess at some point and now that I’m a parent, I realize you know, my poor parents hit a patch where they really didn’t have very much money. And I would overhear them at night and my mother will go, “Dios Mio, how are we going to pay for the school?” and my father was like, “Don’t worry, Jesus will help us.” And I kept thinking, “Well, you know, I go to catholic school but I don’t know if Jesus is going to pull money out of His pocket for this one.” And I was getting worried like a lot of young people you worried for your parents, you go, “My God, can they pay for this?” And the lady down the street from me sold Avon. And she said, “Honey, if you want go sell some Avon in your school and I’ll give you some free lipstick.” And he’s like, “Forget the free lipstick.”
And I went to see her and I said, “Listen, I really need the money. I’ll tell you what, I’ll sell the Avon, but it’s got to be 50/50.” And I started selling Avon in school and I was making $200 a week cash. And I went to the nuns and I said, “Listen, I have to pay. I’m going to pay for my own school but my father is a very proud Latin man. You cannot tell him that I’m paying for the school. So you got to send home a note and make something up.” So, they sent my dad and my mom a note and that night my father open the note and he started—he is like crying and my mother goes, “Dios Mio, what does it say?” And he goes, “It says your daughter is a genius and Jesus helped us after all.”
And I thought that was my first sign that you know, there was something there. There was a big in me that I just wasn’t going to wait around for things to happen to me and that there is always a way. And you know, I believe—it’s funny because right now we’re going to a difficult economy and I believe in the darkest moments of your life and in the darkness moments of the economy of the country, it is the best moment to be an entrepreneur. We all find holes.
So let me tell you what happened after that and I’ll tell you girls another story which I wasn’t sure if the whole group about being expelled from my school because you’ll like it. Anyway, later on when I was twenty two years old, I was approached by a guy who’s now a billionaire but back then he wasn’t a billionaire and he had bought a little wrinkie dinky little Spanish TV Station in New Jersey for $5 million dollars and he’s like, “Listen, you’re Latina. Why don’t you come work for me.” I was already in TV. I was already working for CBS, I was like a trainee and I went. Everybody says, “How did you get that job? It was really wrinkie dinky. It was one little room with three people lining it.” And I worked, I always air with the best Burger King manager on the planet. I worked 24 hours a day like we all, you know, we’re worker bees, right? I hired everybody by the time three years passed, I had built a career making $3 million a year profit. We were, you know, we had twenty seven employees from three and one day, I walked in to work and the lawyer from my boss who I never saw, some once a year, calls me up and says, “I have good news for you. We sold the company for $75 million.” And I was 25 years and old and I was horrified not because of the $75 million, I really wasn’t even thinking that. I was just thinking, “This is my baby, how could you take baby away from me?”
And I called my boss in Manhattan, I said, I’m going to see you right now!” and I went to see him and I said, “Gerry, how could you do this to me. This is my baby. I have killed myself. I haven’t had a life. I haven’t had a boyfriend. Please, how could you do this to me?” And he’s like, “Young lady, those are my chips. You want to play? Go get your own chips.” And he’s like, if you can’t figure out with the bonus, I’m going to give you how to get your own chips, then you don’t have what I think you have.” And I was furious, but I always say it was the greatest moment of my life because he embarked me on a pack that only darkness could bring.
And I think, you know, when I look at all of you here, I think you know, I bet you if I asked each one of you a story, a lot of our beginnings and coming to be an entrepreneur come from pain. We have a pain connection and I think we forget that sometimes we were just like, you know—and you know we were just sitting in a job and we were happy in that job, we wouldn’t be where we are. So something triggered it and sometimes the thing that triggers it isn’t a happy thing but it brings us to where we need to be. It’s our mission. And so I just decided to start a company and what I decided to do and since I was running this little Spanish TV station, and I had a very hard time finding programming. I though I’ll start a programming, I’ll start a company doing programming for Latinos. And I went to see everybody on the planet. I want to start a company for Latinos, doing programming for Latinos and they’re like, “What? Who? We don’t care?” And I mean, can you imagine—it’s unbelievable to even think that today but you really know that everybody thought I was crazy and they’d all say, “But you’re a feisty girl. You want a job?”
And you’re going to think I'm a little koo-koo but we all know that entrepreneurs have a little bit of a screw loose, right? We all have a little screw loose. We just have to own it like a year into it, two years into it, nothing was happening. Now, the thing that saved me is that the billionaire boss said to me, “When I started my own business, it took me ten years before I got any business.” So stupidly, I thought—well, if it took him ten years, and I’m you know, in year three or four, it’s okay. And my parents who were immigrants would come over, I move to my fourth floor walk up in the east village I figured my overhead has to come down. My parents are coming to see my apartment which had like bars underneath, drunken, homeless people and they go, my mother would go, “Por Pabor, can’t you get married and have a man that pays for you to go to a spa everyday?” And I go, “Mom, just make believe I'm medical school. And when it’s over, I’ll be rich and you’ll be fine.” And they’ll be like, “Dios Mio, why did you turn out this way. Why did you have to be an alien? Why couldn’t you be like every other Latina girl that wants to just get married and have five children?”
So it was like constraint, the pressure of my parents and you know, ‘can’t you find a boyfriend?” And I was too busy, you know, whatever. So it took me four years to my first piece of business which is, you know, we know this is typical. And when I got my first piece of business within a year in my business, I had a million dollars of revenue, within a year. So then, it all went very quickly and I started making a couple of shows and then in the middle of all that, I started—I get a call from a guy that now we all know who he is, but at that time, I didn’t know who he was a guy by the name of Rupert Murdoch.
And Rupert Murdoch called me and this is like a year and a half into the business when I actually have revenues in the business and he says, “I want to launch six channels in Latin America for Latinos.” And I go, “Well, that’s great but I don’t really want to do that. I ‘m doing programming for Latinos.” And he said, “You're wrong!” And I go, “What do you mean I’m wrong.” And you know, we as entrepreneurs, we have to so believe in the mission of what we’re selling, that it’s almost like if anybody throws you off, you’re like—because you’re like really passionate. You’ve convinced yourself that that’s you know, and he’s like, “You’re wrong, and let me tell me you why you are wrong, because in order to create contents, you must have distribution first. And right now, you have some channels in the US that are buying Latino programming, but you don’t have a pipeline of channels in Latin America, and you need that after market to make your business model work.” And I thought, “Oh no, that sounds right.”
And I think, these are times when you realize again with Jerry Perenchio when I lost, I won because he embarked me on my passive entrepreneurship. And here I thought, “Oh my God, all this work I’ve been doing for four years plus a year and a half, it’s all gone to hell because now they’ve shown me that there is a hole in my business model. And then I said, “No, when you lose, you can win again.” And I said, “Well, what do you want me to do?” And he goes, “I want you to—you run a TV channel. I want you to launch six channels for me.” And he goes, what would it take for me to convince you to drop what you are doing and do this?” And he said then, “By the way, if you create the distribution, eventually you will be able to be the one that does the content.” And I said, “Well, I’ll do it if you lawn me the money to properly fund my company.” And he said, “Well, how much money do you need?” And I thought in my head, I thought “I need a million dollars.” And then I thought Jerry Perenchio, my old boss, I said, “What would he say to me.”—“When you need money, ask for five times of what you need because you’re going to run out and then you’re going to lose.”
So I said, “Five million dollars.” And he goes, “Okay.” The easiest money I ever raise in my life to this day, it’s never been easy since okay. And so, I borrowed $5 million from Rupert Murdoch and in 1994, I started go on entertainment to launch channels around the world. And I moved and it was a very difficult time as those of you to have a lot of employees now. I had an office in Los Angeles and I basically move myself to Latin America. I lived a year in Mexico, a year in Brazil, a year in Argentina and I launched ten channels in a six year period. And in that period of my life, I made a lot of money. But like all of us, you know, there’s always a sad story to a happy story. I had no personal life. My personal life completely fell to the cracks and it’s because I didn’t have time and I really didn’t even pay any attention to it. And then, I was living this life in Latin America which to everybody, I look really cool and I was making a lot money. Ut I would go to Latin America and every Latin man in Latin America would go, “Would you go to dinner with me?” And I go, “No, I’m already Rupert Murdoch’s lover. Forget it” because it was, you know, it was just unbearable. So I was just the whole time thinking, “I will be happy, like we all do. Sometimes you think in the future someday, I will be happy.” I’ll be happy if I can come back to United States and reinvent a business that I can live in the United States again. And during that time, I will share with you that I did do one really—it seemed that the small things, but boy was it a good decision. My boss again, Gerry, the tough one has been important in my life said to me, “When you make money, don’t live large. Buy real estate.” And in those years that I was living in Latin America, I made a lot of money and I took that money and I bought commercial real estate buildings, and it has really changed my life and I’m going to talk about it later but I really think that when you’re doing, when you’re living a life like we all are at high risk. There is something in your life that just has to be grounded in coldness and normalcy and that brings you revenue without you having to be passionate and killing yourself and all that. So we’ll talk about that later.
But what happen is in that period of time, I fount out that Telemundo, which was now a bunch of stations, the original station that I had run, the insurance company that bought it had turned it into a network and it was in bankruptcy. And I convinced Rupert Murdoch to buy the network. I thought, “Okay, I’ll get Rupert Murdoch to buy the network, I’ll come back.” And also, I was feeling and I know a lot of you are going to relate to this, i had hit the entrepreneurial wall. I thought, “Dear God, I can’t even believe I’m saying this because I’m such an entrepreneur, I need a job. I need an expense account. I need to not pay payroll every week. I just need a break. I’ll come back, but I need a break and I just really felt like yeah, so I'm making all this money but it just didn’t feel right to me. And I convinced Rupert to buy the network. We tried to buy it. We lost it in a blind bid to Sony and when Sony bought it, they called me up and offered me the job to go run the network. It’s like, again, sometimes when you win, you lose. I asked the universe a word and it gave it to me.
And I went back into Corporate America, thank God I did not sell my company. That’s the other footnote. If you’re going to leave, keep the company going. I went to run this business for three years which I can tell all of you so you don’t hit the wall again, you really don’t want to go back and get a job. I went to work for this corporation which everything that they wanted was, ‘we’re going to destroy this company and flip it and make ten times of money.” And it’s antithetical to who we are. We are builders, we’re not destroyers, right? So I'm like, “Oh my God,” and everyday was a struggle and everyday unto the point where I got nine breast lumps and I thought I had breast cancer and it was—the doctor can tell me it’s stress. It’s stress. Luckily, they finally sold the company to NBC, which was a big relief for me but it was very difficult for me to go to that process and especially to go to that process and see them sell the company for ten times of what they had paid for it. And to feel like how could they be right doing the wrong thing, and you know, for people like us, it’s hard to see that because we always try to do the right thing.
Well, it turned out great because I left there. NBC bought the company and when they bought the company, they realize we don’t know we’re doing. And they said, ‘will you come back and work for us.” And I'm like, “No more jobs. That’s it. I'm done.” Please God, I will never question being an entrepreneur again.” And I really think for all of you had something to think about because we always think something is going to save us. And someday in the future, things will get better and if I could only get pass this obstacle, I'm here to tell you, it’s never going to get easier, sorry. When you hit one obstacle, then you can get into another obstacle. When you think you’ve learned the lesson, you’re going to learn it again, maybe three times. And you finally have to own who you are and just surrender to who you are. Just go with it and when obstacles come, just go and this is part of my path. It’s okay, I can get though this. I can get through anything. And in that period of time, that was my darkest hour, it really was. And on top of that, I have finally met a man that I love and then I thought I was super happy with, and he had some really deep issues that I could not fix. I was being co-dependent. Does that sound familiar? We’re co-depended at work. I thought I was going to fix the network and change their mind. I thought I was going to fix the guy, so in the year 2000, it was the most difficult year of my life, my network was sold, I broke up with this man that I really loved and I had a child. I became a single mom which in my life I never thought that I would wake up and be a single mom and that I would have to leave someone that I love because I couldn’t figure out how to fix it—very, very, very painful stuff.
And I went through that obstacle and what I did is I went back to, “Why had that business launching channels not made me happy?” I really—I went to therapy which I highly recommend. So, you don’t have to have inappropriate conversations with your staff. See, I know you had all relate, and I realize that the reason I had been unhappy is because I was making money but the why I was making money had gone away. I listened to Rupert Murdoch. He logically tell me to do a business that was—that did make money but it wasn’t really in my soul and I had to go back to the basics until I decided I'm going to create a content company and I’m going to create a content company that makes TV shows for Latino’s because I love Latinos and I feel like I can the story Latinos better than anybody. But also I want to make a content for women because at that point of my life I felt much more connected sort of these—of all women than just Latinos. So, I decided those are the two focuses of my business is going to have and I locked up because NBC gave me a huge deal to produce 500 episodes of TV and I got to do a lot of shows in Spanish and then I took some of those ideas and sold them in English.
And one of those ideas was the SWAN. And the SWAN turned out very different that I had intended like a lot of TV shows do, but the beginning of the idea was that I wanted to show that women have times in their life when we crash and that we almost see like we died a little bit and that the most beautiful thing in life is that you can always resurrect and you have the power to do it and you do it through action. And I was very blessed because this is another thing I wanted to share with you guys. Sometimes you’re going through life and you do these things that are very successful and you fail a lot too. I mean let’s face it. We al fail more than we succeed. And you’re trying things and trying things and I was very fearful because I thought this programming thing Rupert Murdoch had told me it wasn’t going to work and it’s not where I’ve had my success. And I go on and I do the TV show, the SWAN and out of nowhere the show is a huge hit. And it sells all over the world and it makes $70 million all over the world which is mind boggling. Thank you.
And this will lead to how I ended up on the apprentice. I end up deciding that I was so blessed that the SWAN made so much money. By the way, I didn’t make—that was with Fox and a lot of people don’t think I made all that money. But I took some of the money that I did make and I came up with a new show called The New You and it was going to be a day time show. It will be, a daytime show about health, wellness and beauty for women and really about empowerment. And what I did is I spent the year. I put up my own money like a real estate developer and I did a pilot and I did a website and I did all this and I took it to NBC and NBC, the president of NBC goes, “My God, How did you do this?” And I go, “I had to put up my own money and did it.” And he said, “Okay, we want to buy this show.” And as many of you may have heard, last year we had a writer’s guild strikes. So everything we did in television got moved back a year. And I was bumming out, again, another obstacle. “Oh my God, I did all this work, how come this thing isn’t working?” And out of nowhere, the president of NBC calls me and says, “Listen, since your show is postponed, do you think you can do celebrity apprentice? I think you’ll be great because you’re a real entrepreneur and a lot of the people that are on the show really are celebrities but they are not really entrepreneurs.” And I was like, “Oh my God, do I really want to do that? And what will people think?” And then I go and do the show.
And I started out by saying it was the greatest gift of my life because I did what I always do and I thought what I always do has worked for me, right? Well, the first task I did, I had to produce a commercial and I produced a commercial, a radio spot, a business plan. a website and Donald Trump goes, “Nely, what did you do. You over delivered.” Sounds familiar? And I go, “Well, that’s what I always do. I over deliver.” And he goes, “In life, over deliver, owner to owner. Not owner to employee. Because when you over deliver to someone’s employee, they get overwhelmed by you and they get intimidated and then they think you’re going to make them look bad. So they have to destroy you. So the guy didn’t pick your project even though you did the better project because I can’t fire you. But you over delivered.” And he goes, “Haven’t you learned that lesson yet?” I go, “Oh God. I do that everyday of my life.”
Then I go into another task with Jean Simmons who by the way, you guys, he’s like beyond intelligent. He’s like, talk about an alien, he’s an alien. He looks like an alien and his brain is an alien. And I had a really great time working with him because he’s really, really intelligent and he said to me, “Nely, you’re the smartest person here next to me of course.” And he said, “But, I have to tell you something, you work way too hard.” He goes, “You got to work smart. Do you realize that you come in here and you did everyone’s job for them?” Sound familiar too, huh? “You did everyone’s job for them and you just didn’t pullout your rolodex and copy to make them work for you. It’s an honor to work for you.” And I thought, “Oh My God, how painful.” He’s right, that’s what I do. I do everyone in my office’s job. You know, I was thinking the other day, I finally have like click in my head, I thought, I’m the kid people used to cheat off in school and I’m letting my staff cheat of me. I do their job for them when they screw up. And I also have this, I do have an incredible rolodex and I have to be honest if I really think about at sometimes, I go, “I don’t want to bother those people.” And I go, “Oh my God, what’s wrong with me?” Unlike when you work with a bunch of guys and especially with Jean Simmons, they just blow out their rolodex and they’re like, “Hey, I need a million dollars, can you give it to me?” And people give it to him. It just, it boggles my mind and I thought—I thought like I really had game and I had to really look at where I was in my life and really think, okay, what are the things that I need to do different from this moment on, and that’s why I tell you guys, it doesn’t get any easier because just when you think you learn certain lessons, it is really a journey. You guys are on a heroes journey but it's painful and there are lessons everyday and there are obstacles everyday, and you just have to finally marry yourself, finally own that you’re all you’ve got and that this is the journey that you’re supposed to be on in this time in this earth.
I thought I would share with you guys, and as I said, you can see I’m learning everyday, what are the things that I know for sure and what are the things that I’ve learned. And, you know, I’ve sort of touched upon them but one of them is follow your bliss with a back up position. I think we all grew up thinking follow your bliss and the money will come. Follow your bliss and yes it does, most of the time. But sometimes, you’re on a mission that what your bliss is takes longer than you thought. It doesn’t always make money, sometimes you’re ahead of your time, your timing is off and there is something to be sad about taking a little piece of your money or a little piece of your time into something that you are much colder about. And I tell you all, I think the reason I’ve been very successful in television, because television takes a long time, is because I have money from real estate that pays for my life. And my TV life in my mind is like where I take all my risks, and when I hit it, I hit it big but sometimes I fail miserably. I would not be able to do that if I didn’t have my back up position.
Number two—fear. I have fear everyday of my life and I want you guys to feel okay about it because you know, I think we all—it’s like our bog secret. “Oh my God, I'm so scared. I'm so scared at what I’m doing, I really don’t know what I'm doing. I'm so sacred that my timing is off. I'm so scared that I'm selling something that really isn’t a hundred percent really right.” I have those fears everyday of my life, I’m sure all of you do and you just have to know that you can breathe through it, you can. You have and you will. And I have now learned to really embrace my fear like I know that if I'm fearful of something, I have to do it because it isn’t really about just the end result of the goal you are going after. It is the journey. There is something in this moment, you’re suppose to know and learn.
And so I think that’s another very important thing—failure. You know, I always think if I had played sports, I would have understood this way earlier. You know, it’s like now that my kids in baseball, I go, “Oh my God, he goes up to bat so many times and he doesn’t hit the ball.” And my boyfriend says to me, “Well, yeah, that’s the way it is.” I go, “Really?” And you know, and when I look at it and I really have looked in my life, I go, “I have truly failed so many more times and I succeeded.” And failure is a muscle you have to learn to love. It’s like a muscle, you go to the gym and get strong. Failing, it’s something most people can’t do. They are so fearful of it, they can’t do what anyone in this room has done which is take the lead and you’ve all done. You have to embrace failure. Bring it on, fail, because I know one of them is going to be a success and it will—I’ll hit out of the park.
And it is something we have to love. It’s almost like as the love that fait your muscle. I already told you, it doesn’t get any easier, but what I haven’t told you is before there is light, there is always darkness. I find that right before the sun comes in, it feels like you can’t take it anymore. You can’t take it one more day. It’s windy. It’s ugly, everything bad has happened. Three things happened in the row. They’re bad. Haven’t you found that? Three bad things in a row and you just want to give up, you want to give up on your business, you want to give up on your life, you want to give up. And then just, go to meditation. I started meditating, breathe, I'm telling you that, breathing thing works. Breathe through it because I tell you, right after the darkness comes the light. It never fails. And if you don’t breathe through it, somebody else is going to go take your idea and then you’re going to go, “Oh my God, if I only waited one more month,” I'm telling, I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen that happened. So that’s a big one.
The other thing, this is the hardest one for me and this is the one I have the most difficulty with, is—we’re all A type personalities and we are take charge of people and we have to control everything. We’re hunters. We’re like, you know, we have that guy gene—we’re the hunters. And sometimes, you have to just get in the boat and let the river take you. I have a stomachache even saying that, but it’s my biggest lesson, that’s why it gives me the biggest stomachache. Sometimes, I'm going to say it again, you have to get in the boat and let the river take you. Sometimes, there are clear signs of what you’re suppose to do and you just missed them. You still want to control it, you still want to manipulate it and there are times to a hunter and there are times to let the river take you.
When I did the apprentice, I was—you know, it was like my show was being postponed for a year. That’s all I could focus on. And my boyfriend goes, “You just the Celebrity apprentice, how much does that worth top your business?” And I go, “That’s just a show. I want my show.” And he’s like, “Okay, obviously your show is not happening, surrender. Relax, go have fun.” And off of that show, I got a call from the president of Coke who watched the show and he put me on the board of Coke with eight billionaires. Off of that show, Kodak, which was one of the sponsors of the show decided that they want me to be their spokesperson and I just did a commercial for them in English and Spanish. Off of that show, I’m sitting here with all of you I mean, you know, and it was so hard for me to let the river take me. And you know, it just tells you a lot.
The nest things is you have to give back to yourself. I do two things a year, and this one, this really works. I do two things a year and the reason I always say two things is because you can’t do more than that and you’re going to not do it. Two things a year, one thing that’s only for me and one things that’s only for my business and not for my son, not for anybody else, for me. And I always take two projects a year. So my projects for this year for my business was that I promise myself I was really going to get a tutor and really learn my computer. Amen, because you know, what I can’t take it anymore. And number two, and my personal thing I decided to do was laser hair removal and honey it’s good. Hurts but it’s worth it and it takes a full year to do laser hair removal. Other years, it’s been like, one year I got hair extension and then for the business, you know, I got a coach. You know, I always do two things and I promise myself in January and they are usually a year long to complete, you know, one year I got laser eye surgery, whatever it is, I do one thing a year. And when you add it up over ten years, you’ve done a lot of things to yourself. And you’ve certainly done a lot of things for your company so it’s actually really, really, really important because we take care of everyone else in our families and our staff and then we do take care of ourselves.
Finally, the most important thing I’ve learned is everything in my life I thought would make me happy didn’t and I know you can all relate to this. I have spent a lot of time morning, the life I thought I would have and it doesn’t mean that I don’t love my life and it a lot of ways my life turned out so much better than I thought, but it just wasn’t the picture of what I thought would make me happy. I really as much as I love career and I am a career person, I do think prince charming was going to show up. And boy, I kissed a lot of frogs and I did find a great guy but it took me a very long time and I’m at age where I know that he’s not my savior. Find a guy that goes to therapy, that changes your life. I love my son and my son does make me happy but I realize he’s not here to make me happy. I’m here to make him happy and that’s a big revelation as a parent. Um, and my career had made me happy but it is a swinging things, sometimes you’re happy, sometimes you’re not, so I have found a secret to my happiness and I want it to share it with you.
I think for me, what I realized is the only person that can make me happy is me and how I do it is that my number one commitment in my life is to grow everyday by any means necessary. So, if that means that I hit a wall, and I hit a wall all the time. I hit the wall as a mother. I hit a wall as a girlfriend. I hit a wall as a boss. I suck at managing people. I hit a wall as a professional, just you know, it’s just like everyday you realize, I don’t know anything about this one thing. So what I do is I just go fix it, I go find who can help me with this and I try not to do too many of them as I said, not too many of them at one time, because other wise I’m going to fail. I can’t everyday say I'm going to lose weight, I tried, I did that for one year and I did it and it’s done. I focused. I could not exercise. I decided, this year is the year I'm going to correct the exercise thing and I did it because4 I only focused on that that year.
You know, this is the year I’m going to learn about, you know, casual and I did it. You know, it’s like you have to be committed to your own growth because then no one can take away from you your ability to grow inside of yourself. Tomorrow we could have a world war and we all have to move to Russia and what you have, no one can take away from you, you just start all over again and you know, guess what, it’s not going to get any easier, there’s going to be new obstacles, it’s life is an adventure. Grow with it. Thank you so much.
I forgot to say one thing that’s super important that I told Helen, my next project which is clearly dear to my heart and I know would be dear to all of your heart is I decided and I truly love entrepreneurship more than anything, it is—it’s my best friend, that I wanted to do a show about women entrepreneurs. So the show that I’m currently working on which you know, we all have to be patient because TV takes a while to get on the air, but I'm working on a show that’s the American Idol of Entrepreneurship for Women and it’s called Ms. Mogul. And you’ve got to go and see the website msmogul.com because it’s very Sex in the City, you’ll love it. So I hope to be talking to all of you. We’ll work with NAWBO to make sure that anybody that wants to apply can apply and we’re going to need plenty of NAWBO mentors for the show. But thank you so much, it’s really an honor to be here with you.
Small Business Stories - Nelly Galan
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