Becky Kueker embodies the concept of AGELESS. I was introduced to her by Kuel Life’s Make-up expert and guest writer, Elise Marquam-Jahns. For that; I will be forever grateful.
I want to be Becky when and if I am lucky enough to catch-up to her… she is 76 years YOUNG and I mean YOUNG. Having had a successful run as a business owner in a male-dominated world, Becky could have chosen to ‘retire’ and live a quiet life. HA…. Instead? She is a national speaker and has authored two books. Both, available on the Kuel Shop!
I am honored to have Becky as part of Kuel Life and my life.
KUELLIFE: What type of business do you own/run?
BECKY: I am a national speaker and author traveling the U.S. providing programs to private clients. My programs highlight what it is really like to close that work-life door behind you as a professional woman, and the emotional side of retirement that is rarely discussed.
KUELLIFE: What prompted you or drove you to become an entrepreneur? When?
BECKY: Before I retired I was a partner in a commercial architectural and interior design firm with 158 employees for over 20 years. I headed business development; traveling the world forming relationships with Fortune 500 companies. It was hard, challenging work and in many ways humbling as the business grew and prospered. Being an entrepreneur has been a passion since my husband and I were first married; launching and managing three businesses at one time. Each one was a learning experience, and no matter how difficult, I would not trade those experiences for anything. Being an entrepreneur prepares you for life in such an amazing way. The discipline, sacrifice, and hard work required as you build and grow a business is almost indescribable.
KUELLIFE: What’s your biggest struggle?
BECKY: As an author of two books, the biggest struggle has been marketing to an audience that is exposed to over 5,000 newly published books coming on the market daily. Once your book is released you have to hit the ground running to compete with all the others.
KUELLIFE: What is your biggest fear as an entrepreneur? How do you work through it?
BECKY: My biggest fear is my age. Being 76 has its drawbacks as I present myself to a world that is very intolerant of getting older. Often being viewed as vulnerable has been tremendously overwhelming even at my age. But in my heart, I know that being vulnerable is one of the most sincere forms of bravery.
KUELLIFE: How do you measure your success?
BECKY: My hope is that younger women find my sense of humor endearing, my words compelling and worthwhile, and hopefully they will learn something from my mistakes. I have received thousands of emails and texts from younger women in their 40’s who are reading my books and enjoying them. In many cases, it is because their mothers and grandmothers encouraged them to do so. Either way it absolutely spells success to me!
KUELLIFE: Finally, what advice would you give other women about taking an entrepreneurial path?
BECKY: Be prepared for the worst and the best. Learn from your mistakes and make certain common sense is balanced with your passion. If I did not trust my instincts, I often ended up creating problems where there never should have been any. I also finally understood that as an entrepreneur you become many things to many people. Sometimes that means losing yourself in the process. Keeping that perspective, as you view and grow your business, is imperative to your success.