We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Hudson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Heather, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks has been paramount and I would say the number one contributing factor to my growth both personally and professionally. Without taking risks, you become complacent and comfortable where you’re at, which doesn’t lend itself to reaching big, outside of the box goals. I can confidently say that I would not be where I’m at right now had I not taken some big, scary risks along the way! The journey that ultimately launched my career in wine started when I decided to take a big risk and study abroad in France in college. It was a challenge to live in another country, speaking another language and be away from family for so long. But it taught me a lot about myself, my character and strength and also led me into the world of wine. From there I continued taking big risks by moving from my hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska all the way to Santa Rosa, California to pursue a position at a winery in Napa. I had no family in CA, had never been to the area before and didn’t have much experience yet in the wine industry – so again, another big risk. After working for that company for awhile I decided to take the biggest risk yet and started my own wine company. And from there it has been risk, after risk, after risk. From moving my brand and life down to San Diego, to rebranding my company, to now offering exclusively wine on tap. The initial risks I took on my journey showed me that without getting out of my comfort zone, I was never going to achieve the big dreams and goals I wanted. Early risk taking taught me how to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. But believe me, with risk taking, there is also struggle and not every risk works out how you hope. Ultimately though, each risk comes with a reward; whether that be the outcome you imagined or a learning opportunity to grow and pivot to a new path for success. My advice to anyone scared to take that big risk – take the jump! You will learn and grow in more ways that you can imagine. It’s going to be scary and challenging but that makes it all the more worth it in the end. – Heather Hudson
Please tell us more about your career. What you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned along the way is that tenacity and your ability to be resilient in the face of challenges means everything. In my career I’ve had to work very to get where I am today. Often times success and failure are a lot more closely linked than people think. It’s a matter of doing whatever it takes to get where you want to be and not throwing in the towel too soon because success might be just around the corner. What I’m most proud of in my career is creating a brand with a mission to help inspire others. I combine wine and partnerships with musicians to help share their stories and make other people realize that they too can go after their dreams. I’ve been able to combine my passions for wine and music and help inspire others along the way which makes it all worth it. Some of the people I’ve had a chance to enjoy my wines with include; Pepper, Warren G, Less Than Jake, Yellowcard, Theory of a Deadman, Iration and several others. These are some of the highlights of my journey so far.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I wanted to show a friend visiting the best time ever, I would take them to the beach. I know, I know – that sounds cliché…but it’s true. There is something so calming, relaxing and therapeutic to me about the ocean and saltwater breeze. We would enjoy libations at local bars and restaurants around the beach, rent bikes and ride down the boardwalk, lounge with our toes in the sand and just relax. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind and stress of working all of the time – so the best times to me are good company, conversation and a beach hang.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To all of the people along my journey who have given me a chance even when it seemed like a long shot. You’ve given me the strength and confidence to pursue my goals and make them a reality. Thank you!
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