If you’re finding yourself struggling trying to follow your dreams and feeling like the best thing you can do for right now is to postpone them or give up altogether, then perhaps you can use a little inspiration. Grab a cup of tea or coffee, get comfortable, and open your mind to be inspired.
Although it might seem that a lot of entrepreneurs have it easy, rest assured they’ve had their fair share of struggles too. Take the Lime Crime founder, Doe Deere for example.
Doe Deere grew up admiring the US and all the different opportunities, food, music and everything else about it. She was born in Russia —as Xenia Vorotova— but at the age of 17, she and her family finally decided to make their move to the US. Knowing that it would be a challenge, she and her family made New York their destination. They were determined to work their way to the top.
Despite their determination, they realized that they hadn’t saved enough and weren’t making enough to keep a roof over their heads. After a while of struggling and her mom having to pick up extra work, Doe and her family checked into a homeless shelter. While in the shelter, to escape her reality, Doe often dreamed about being in the fashion industry.
Despite their situation, they continued to work and save with the hopes of soon getting back on their feet.
One day, in 1999, they were relieved. Doe and her family were introduced to an organization that helped women in similar situations. Through that organization, not only did they help her mother find a decent job, but they also helped her get accepted into a fashion institute.
With a passion for entrepreneurship, Doe Deere founded Lime Crime in 2008. Although she doesn’t wish what she and her family had to go through on anyone, she recognizes the fact that going through what they went through is what made them stronger and even more ambitious today.
Doe’s story is the perfect example that despite the struggles, there’s still an upside. Your dreams will always be worth the shot.
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— Doe Deere (@doedeere) November 24, 2018