Another Entrepreneurship Project of the Whitman School of Management

"Don't you dare underestimate the power of your own instinct."
-Barbara Corcoran,
(2012 Keynote Speaker)

Mia E. Burse

Divine Destiny Enterprises LLC

Tell us about your greatest challenge and how you overcame it:

My greatest challenge was walking away from the security of a full-time corporate job.  It’s a very scary feeling when you’re preparing to go from a weekly paycheck to not knowing whether or not you’ll have earned enough in a week to sustain you and your business.  Preparation was the key to my overcoming my fear of lack of security.  I have a business plan that is ever-evolving on a daily basis, a solid clientele that was built part-time over the past four years, savings, faith, and the energy to achieve.

What advice do you have for other women entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs?

My advice to other women entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs is to BELIEVE in your vision, have a PLAN, EVALUATE that plan regularly, and FOCUS on the goal.  You can’t be right 100% of the time, but learn from your mistakes, dust yourself off, and keep moving forward.  Remember to network with and support other entrepreneurs.

Key take-aways from your experience with the WISE Center or Symposium:

I’m very thankful for my opportunities through WISE.  I received a scholarship to attend the WISE Symposium in 2011 and it truly changed my life!  I was still working full-time at the time, but it was at that conference that I realized that I was ready to take it to the next level.  I’m also a graduate of Syracuse University Entrepreneurial Bootcamp (Class of 2008) and the Women of Faith Program (Summer 2010).  I encourage ALL entrepreneurs to take advantage of these amazing opportunities if you’re truly serious about taking your business to higher heights.

Any other information you want to share:

There’s a quote that I heard Will Smith [actor] say in an television interview that I think about regularly.  “Those who say they can, and those who say they can’t are usually right.”  I chose to believe that I could be a full-time entrepreneur.  Now, I’m no longer aspiring. I AM.

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