We had the good fortune of connecting with Tia Ramey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tia, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I believe risk-taking is about creating possibilities. Sometimes you just have to reach, and keep your mind open about what you will get when you try. I’ve learned the real risk is not trying to reach for the best possible future. Either you can take the risk that great things can happen to you by chance, or you can reach for something great and get better and stronger by creating positive outcomes. Taking risks for me means committing to creating possibilities for myself and my family.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My greatest challenge has been trying to learn to become a first-generation entrepreneur during a recession with no family investments, no savings, no experience, and no network. I really had to learn about entrepreneurship as I went along and needed to build a community as minority entrepreneur with no family or friends that could support my endeavor. I had to develop a lot of communication skills and instincts. The public library became my best friend and trying my best to take advantage of free community resources to build my business and my brand was especially hard. Communication needed to become a mastery skill for me in my process of networking. Learning how to network in any kind of circle with high-level executives that could make decisions to hire a business like myself needed to become a new skill that took perfecting my communication to achieve.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Dr. Michele Reynolds is a dynamic leader and entrepreneur that taught me a lot of public leadership and serial entrepreneurship. Gayle Saunders is a PR Guru that mentored me as a communications professional. And First Steps to Success by Dani Johnson is the book that changed my life and gave me the courage that I needed to leave my day job.