Work from the Heart
Ruth Gay developed her reclaimed stone-and-antiques business to share a lifelong passion with clients. "I wasn’t looking to start a business; it found me," she says. Here are her recommendations for creating an inspiring work life.
• Cultivate ideas with care. Know what you love to do, then dedicate yourself. "Forming a business is like having a child: You give your idea life, and then you raise it," she says.
• Sustain your lifelines. "My husband’s support was integral to my success. He realized how serious I was when I asked for a forklift for my birthday."
• Be patient. "There have been many times I’ve questioned myself. Over time, you’ll gain confidence and make better decisions."
• Know you’re a good example. Ruth’s kids often remind her when she’s discouraged: "Mom! You can’t quit. You’re great at this!"