Align Magazine got the chance to sit down with Michelle Blue, a hard working Millennial entrepreneur to discuss her world changing business venture Bene’, and her “Journey with Blue” talk show. Here is what she had to say…..
Michelle, lets start by telling us a little about yourself Hi! My name is Michelle Blue, I am from Atlanta, GA and attended The University of Georgia. I now live in NYC and am on my “Journey’ of living to my highest potential and creating the life of my dreams.
Now, lets talk about Bene’ and your talk show. What got you started? Inspired by a study abroad trip to Ghana while I was in college, two weeks after I graduated, I launched my business full time, Bené, to help support girls in the country continue their education. My business was named Mashable’s “Top Black Owned Businesses Changing the World”, Southern Living’s “Beauty Awards”, I was able to share my story on a TedTalk, returned to Ghana to celebrate the graduation of the girls we sent through school and so much MORE. Inspired by my own lessons, sacrifices, failures and joys, I created The Journey with Blue, a talk show and community all about living a fulfilled and purposeful life and creating a business you love. One thing I know for sure is not moving on your dream can be one of the biggest mistakes YOU can make…and it is my mission to inspire others to live outside of fear and make their dreams a reality.
Has your journey been an easy one so far? What challenges have you had to overcome? No, my ‘Journey’ has not been an easy one and if anyone ever says their journey has been, then they are not stretching themselves, they are not playing at a higher level. So many times you only see the wins, which are real but so are the lessons, sacrifices and failures along the way. I had to sacrifice living at home years after I graduated so that I could continue to invest and work on my business full time. And there were many failures, such as going through a $40,000 loss because my Chinese manufacturer cheated us out of fabric we had purchased… I talk about it on The Journey with Dr. Joy. The failures and the sacrifices are INEVITABLE but if the dream was given to you, it is meant for you to bring it to the world.
What’s one thing we should know about you or your business/art? The Journey with Blue, my talk show and coaching program is not just about business. It is spiritual, it is mental, it is personal development and business. You have to be willing to go deeper if you want lasting and fulfilling results.
What sets Michelle apart from any competitors out there doing similar things? My ‘Journey’ is unique and I bring my unique experiences to everything that I do. With that said, no one can do exactly what I do.
Out of all your memorable experiences, what has been your fondest moment thus far? The moment I cherish the most was when we went back to Ghana to celebrate the graduation of the girls we started the business to support. It brought everything back to focus that we weren’t just selling scarves, we were changing lives, communities, countries and ultimately our world and that is a work I am blessed and humbled to do.
“If you can see it in your head, you can hold it in your hand”… Remember that the possibilities are LIIMITLESS.. YOU are LIMITLESS. -BlueMichelle Blue
With so much work to do, we know free time is rare these days. When you do get some spare time, what do you like to do? In my free time, I like to hang out with friends and I’m always down for new experiences…oh and I love to dance…not saying I’m good but I do love it.
Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years from now? Mmmm… good question, I am still writing that story. I can’t quite say yet.
Who has been the most influential person in your life? My mom has been one of the most influential people in my life, for so many reasons but for one, when I decided that I wanted to start my business full time immediately after college, she didn’t force me to get a job, she supported me, cheered me on and allowed me to go for my dreams…and that’s priceless.
Describe yourself as a child. As a child, I was kind of a daredevil. I was always the smallest child and usually the only girl riding the biggest roller coaster and I can see so much of that spirit in me still.
Is New York a good city for what you’re doing professionally? I love New York City, I have been here for almost 3 years and I believe it was the best decision I could have made. Any and everything is possible in this city. It shapes and molds you like no other place. I am forever grateful for the lessons and opportunities that have come from living here.
What would you like people to remember about you when you’re gone? Remember me as LOVE
Give one piece of advice that you can share with fellow Millennials “If you can see it in your head, you can hold it in your hand”…Remember that the possibilities are LIIMITLESS..YOU are LIMITLESS. -Blue