We love to highlight inspirational interviews especially ones about our very own founder Cathy Hughes. In this remarkable story, Hughes reveals the struggles of being a teen mother and not giving up on her dream to run a radio station she and her ex-husband purchased in 1979.
During those years of struggling Hughes sacrificed it all and moved into her radio station with her son to help keep the company from tanking.
33 years later, Radio One has expanded to 53 radio stations in 16 urban markets with estimated projected revenues of $433.5 million!
We hope this interview inspires you to not give up on your dreams no matter what the circumstances are! You can make it happen!
Here are a few excerpts from the interview:
Did you believe that life was over after getting pregnant?
Everyone in my world thought I should have an abortion, and I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I couldn’t penalize another human being with the mistake I made, even though I realized I didn’t have the education and financial resources I needed. Having that baby forced me to put someone else ahead of my own selfish desires.
I became an entrepreneur because of him. One day, he had a fever and my employer said “if you walk out that door, don’t come back.” That’s when I decided I needed to be in control of my professional environment so I could be there for my child.
What was the most important lesson you learned as a teen mom that translated to running a business?
Focus. An elderly woman who provided child care told me the secret to successful parenting was to keep your attention focused on your children. And one of the key characteristics of an effective manager is to not have your attention distracted from your employees, goals and objectives. You have to keep your eye on the prize, whether that’s running a business or rearing a child.
How did you end up living on the floor of your radio station?
The radio station was a financial disaster for seven years. But I stayed focused on not losing my company, and that’s why I moved into the station and did whatever it took. I was willing to let everything go except my son and my business, in that order.
Read the rest over at Huffington Post!