In business, you have to be willing to put in extra time and sacrifice in order to achieve your dreams. Sometimes such efforts enable some entrepreneurs to make history on their journey to success; one such example is 23-year-old Jade Colin. She has worked hard, to become the first and youngest Black woman to ever own a McDonald’s franchise.
Colin didn’t achieve her dreams overnight; she started off back in her college years. She worked night shift as an employee at a local McDonald’s. She put in time; discipline and hard work over the years that saw her earn awards and promotions in her journey to the top.
In her journey to the top, she brings to realization the importance of mentorship in all life’s journey. She notes that her greatest inspiration came from entrepreneurial parents who purchased their first McDonald’s franchise in 2010. But despite all this, she has always been an independent spirit; never depending on assistance from anyone.
Colin attended the University of Lousiana back in 2012, and later graduated with a degree in business management. She then decided to work towards achieving her goal to own her franchise: she applied for the Next generation program for children of McDonald’s owners, which took two years.
After completing the two-year training program and went on to become a manager at her parent’s franchise. All this while, she was planning to open her own and opted to continue working hard.
She said in an interview with TheBlackProfessional, “Take the risk and know that it will be a lot of hard work. Network and have a core team of genuine mentors. You need people who are in your corner that will positively motivate you. I say ‘genuine’ because not everyone will have your best interest at heart.”
Colin also expressed her belief in the need to help other, the importance of giving back to the community. She also puts her belief into action by encouraging her own employees to work hard and finish high school, and use entrepreneurship as a means to achieving their goals and dreams. If more people who have made it in the black community can have the same heart and help others overcome the adversities that have become a common experience for the African-Americans, then we can look forward to a future where more Black folks are self-reliant.
Colin concluded her interview by saying, “As an African American community, we need more men and women to know that it’s not just about right now, but it’s about the generations to come.”
The African-American community needs to change its perception on matters that require them to take a risk in order to achieve. Success doesn’t come easy and indeed there is nothing good that grows from the comfort zone. Despite the fact that the nation has had so many incidences of racial profiling, we cannot let such set-backs kill our dreams and hopes. So as Colin puts it, it is not about now, it is about the future generation: our children.