Interview with Monica Rose

I've been sewing, writing, designing or had some creative project going since I was very young. At the age of 16 I was selling handmade accessories to several boutiques in the LA area. I love to work with my hands and create beauty in design.

I decided to take my passion, turn it into my profession and Monica Rose Jewelry was born.

When did you decide that you wanted to become an entrepreneur?

Growing up my dad always encouraged me to be my own boss, so I guess the idea was instilled in me from a young age. But it wasn’t until I got married that my husband and I really realized we wanted freedom to set our own schedule so we could have to someday raise a family. Our biggest goal is to be financially independent and free from the rat race.

How did you know your business idea was the right idea?

In the beginning it was purely my passion that got me started but it wasn’t until I had so much positive feedback from people in the industry and random people on the street, that I realized I was in the right business.

What was the most difficult part in getting started?

In the beginning the hardest part was learning to overcome rejection and other hurdles, not allowing myself to become discouraged, and having patience and just staying focused on my goals.

What is the top skill (or skills) needed to be a successful entrepreneur?

In my opinion the two most important skills would have to be drive and passion. You have to know exactly what you want and be focused and driven to get there and have the passion to pursue your dreams. I think this quote by Tony Robbins really sums it up: “I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.”

What motivates you and/or keeps you motivated?

It motivates and inspires me to see other young people who are successful and pursuing their dreams. I have many goals and dreams but my two biggest ones are traveling the world and having time to raise a family.

What do you think is the major difference between entrepreneurs and those who work for someone else?

I think the major difference is that as an entrepreneur you really have no limits as to how far you can go, you make your own rules and as an employee there are many restrictions. Sure, you can climb really high up the corporate ladder but ultimately you still have to play according to someone else’s rules.

What has been one of your failures, and what have you learned from it?

I don’t look at them as failures, I see them more as learning experiences and my biggest learning experience was entrusting a part of my business to someone I hardly knew. I learned that I need to be more cautious and selective when it comes to networking. Don’t get me wrong I think networking is a very critical part of growing your business but you still need to be very aware, selective and most importantly do your research!

Henry Ford once said that "A market is never saturated with a good product, but it is very quickly saturated with a bad one." What are your thoughts on that quote?

I totally agree with that and I think that in these times especially, it’s so important to provide outstanding products and excellent service.

Walt Disney once said that "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." What are your thoughts on that quote?

That goes hand in hand with one of my favorite quotes “progress not perfection”. At some point you just have to get up and do it! You need to realize that it’s not going to be perfect, there is constant improvement but you just need to start somewhere.

Zig Ziglar once said "If you don't see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner." What are your thoughts on that quote?

I completely agree that confidence is so critical, if you’re not confident in yourself and your product, people can sense that. You’re in control of your life by how you think and what you think.

What was the most crucial thing you have done to grow your business?

The most crucial thing for me has been to come out of my comfort zone. I love the quote by Arthur C. Clarke: “The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible”.

What advice would you give an entrepreneur who is just starting out?

Know exactly what you want, be passionate about it and don’t let anyone or anything stop you!

Company Description:

We at Monica Rose Jewelry have made it our mission to craft unique pieces that are influenced by LA culture as well as an imagination of far off places, using high quality materials and being conscious of the planet and its life force!



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