Today we’d like to introduce you to She’Monté-Samoné Richard.
Hi She’Monté, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
In July 2009, my mother was murdered and ever since then, my grandmother has been taking care of me. She always showed me ways and taught me to be the person I am today. While growing and as I still am becoming who I really want to be in life I had to learn MY WAY, I had to learn to be independent and strong.
I learned that I have plenty of talents and strengths, but didn’t really know how to put them to use. Most people downplayed me and my ideas because I’m only 16, and they believed that I didn’t have the knowledge. That right there was all the motivation that I really needed, to prove them WRONG.
I came to the realization that I don’t want to depend on anybody for a paycheck every 2 weeks and be bosses around, I wanna work for myself and help other people grow as well, I wanna be able to live a FREE life, live luxury and break these generational curses. Now here I am, starting my businesses, still learning, growing, and planning.
As a stylist, I wanna do more, and I am going to do more. Never let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
This has not been a smooth road for me, though I am human, I am a young teen girl who I longing for a bigger life than anyone can imagine.
I have times when depression creeps up and takes over, and the worst part about it is still having to keep pushing yourself and being the one that is picking yourself up and giving you that pat on the back. I had to learn that when your path is more difficult, it is because your calling is higher.
You have to love and trust your struggle as much as what God has in store for you. A lot of people wanna grow but don’t wanna face the fight in it, but your greatest struggles are your greatest lessons.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a young entrepreneur. I am still in high school full term, I play sports and invest in myself and businesses. I am a hair stylist, I love fashion and am soon coming out with a new business.
I am most proud of myself because I never gave up, through all that I’ve been through I haven’t proved the down player’s points. I do believe that I am different and set apart from many others my age, simply because I’m 16, I am a STRONG HUSTLER, I’ve been through a lot of trauma, I have my businesses, making my money, and getting to where I need and want to be!
A lot of other people my age aren’t on the same path, they’re not worried about things like this at this age and depending on a handout. I cannot sit and wait around!
Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
The most important lesson that I’ve learned along my journey is that procrastination is your worst enemy and that you cannot sit and wait around for anybody.
I’ve learned that my growth and my journey are PERSONAL! Depending ENTIRELY on what others do isn’t getting you anywhere, customizing your methods, personalizing your journey, and giving it meaning is the GREATEST route.
Also, wisdom is a necessity, always making yourself available to people who are just there for you when it’s convenient for them and will do nothing but drown you in misery!