Can you imagine leaving behind a successful law career to open a bakery? Many dream of it, but few actually take the leap. Anne Rucker - founder of Bogarts doughnuts, did just that. We sat down with Anne to learn more about her journey, and ended up with a powerful conversation about redefining success, believing in yourself and following your heart.
How did your upbringing influence or prepare your decision to start your own business?
“I did all the right things, but I never fell in love with Law. I never felt that deep passion for it, like I assumed I would. We are taught that if you work hard at something, you get the grades and the job offers, you will succeed… it's a societal and cultural thing - you find a steady good job, you meet someone, you start a family, it’s the pie in the sky goal especially when you’re young and in college wanting to be a “real adult”. I definitely fell into that trap.
"It was the idea of being happy in my life and thinking if I never take the risk, if I never try, then I will never know."
What made you make the decision to give up your law career?
"For me, it was very gradual. My mindset was more about "if I don’t try this I will regret it" and that was a very scary thought, because I had a wonderful upbringing, I grew up thinking I could do whatever I wanted, you can change the world, and the older I got not doing that was hard for me. It was the idea of being happy in my life and thinking if I never take this risk, if I never try, then I will never know.Read More