Ever wish you’d wake up one day and a brilliant business idea would strike you like a flash of lightning?
It could happen. But, sometimes inspiration shows up more like… a bee sting.
That’s what happened to Mikaila Ulmer, 15-year old social entrepreneur, bee ambassador, and author of Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid.
At age 4½, two painful bee stings and a recipe from Granny Helen prompted Mikaila to learn more about bees and launch her first lemonade stand. Since then, she’s turned Me & the Bees Lemonade into a socially-conscious business, landed an investment with Daymond John on Shark Tank, sold over 1 million bottles in 1800 stores, started a bee nonprofit, and even fist-bumped Barack Obama while serving her lemonade at the White House.
Don't be discouraged by life's little stings. Get back up and spread your wings. @MikailasBees
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Today, she’s on MarieTV to show you how to start a business at any age — even if you’re nervous and have no idea what you’re doing. If you’ve ever wondered whether you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur, or if your idea is good enough, today’s episode is a must-watch.
4:10 — What it took for Mikaila to earn her first dollar.
5:29 — Got kids? Tips to help your children follow their dreams.
8:03 — The #1 key ingredient to succeed in anything.
18:50 — Mikaila’s “Face-On-The-Bottle Secret” to handle criticism without crumbling.
21:15 — The Shark Tank Story: How she landed a deal with Daymond John.
24:17 — How to turn big disappointment into even bigger success.
32:10 — Advice for starting a business at any age.
Whether you’re a business owner, aspiring entrepreneur, or just want to make a difference in the world, Mikaila’s here to prove you can do anything you set your mind to. Sit back and let this brilliant 15-year-old inspire you to get started.
Hit play to watch now or listen on The Marie Forleo Podcast.
Do you have a business idea, cause you believe in, or change you’d like to see in the world?
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Don’t worry if your dream seems impossible right now. As Mikaila so beautifully says, “I know that if we all go out in this world looking at the possibilities of things instead of just the problems, our future will be a whole lot brighter.”
With all my love and a lemonade toast,
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