Do You Have an Attitude of Ownership?

Sometimes when something happens to us that seems like the end of the world, it happens to push us to a higher place. It helps us take a leap that we might not have otherwise been brave enough to take.

When I was in my early twenties, I ran a little television station that I treated as my own business. I came to work every day with every ounce of gusto in my soul. One day the station was suddenly (and unbeknownst to me) sold—leaving me angry, distraught and confused. When I confronted my boss about it, he replied with five of the most important word I have ever heard: “Go get your own chips.”

What he meant was go build something of your own, which, after a certain amount of huffing and puffing, I started to realize it was a golden piece of advice for anyone who ultimately wants to become self-made. He was thinking bigger on my behalf than I had ever thought for myself.

Today, we’re lucky to live in a world where the sharing economy allows you to go get your own chips, far easier than when I did it, years ago. Apps and websites such as Etsy, eBay, Airbnb, Dribble, Folyo, Lyft and so many others now exist, providing platforms for you to flex your entrepreneurial muscles, and simultaneously make some extra cash.

This week, please check out the journey of , Denise Hewett, in our SELF MADE STORIES web series. Take your cues from this millennial disruptor who quickly figured out the power of getting her own chips!