Shari Fitzpatrick inspires individuals, as my father Zig Ziglar says, to take the first step, go as far as you can see, and then you'll be able to see further. Shari teaches us that wisdom and success can be won in the process of living your dream. You don't have to be great to start, but you do have to start to become great!" -Julie Ziglar Norman, Author, Speaker, VP Business Development Ziglar, Inc. Imagine something you love to do.
Now imagine making your living doing just that. With Berried in Chocolate, Shari Fitzpatrick inspires all would-be entrepreneurs to take the plunge and turn their passions into profits. Fitzpatrick realized early on that it was more important for her to be happy and enjoy her work than to simply chase a paycheck doing something that failed to bring her joy. With no business education or experience, twenty-five-year-old Fitzpatrick had only a $1,500 cash advance and a passion for chocolate-dipped strawberries when she started a home-based business.
Today, she is the founder of a multimillion-dollar company and the owner of the Berry Factory, which provides the nation with her brand of gourmet berries. She has built a lucrative career simply by doing what she loves, and now she shares her secrets and tips so you can too. In this accessible and enthusiastic guide, Fitzpatrick reveals her triumphs and failures, offering useful strategies and skills to create and maintain a business.
Each of the twelve chapters, from "Do What You Love" to "Eat Your Mistakes-They're Good for You," highlights an entrepreneurial lesson by drawing upon the author's personal and professional experiences. As an extra treat, Fitzpatrick throws in one "secret recipe" per chapter, ranging from milkshakes to pies and specialty drinks. Fitzpatrick learned that God is her best business partner and that faith and street smarts can be just as useful as a college degree. By following her sound advice, readers will be able to find their talents, learn how to maximize resources, set priorities, and persevere to start leading the life that will bring sweet, sweet rewards.
About the Author
Shari Fitzpatrick is the founder of a multimillion-dollar company and owner of the Berry Factory. Described as the creator of the gourmet chocolate-dipped strawberry, Fitzpatrick has taken the sweet treat to a national level. Her products, recipients of numerous awards, have been featured in O Magazine, showcased on the Today Show, and recommended in People magazine. She has earned such distinctions as Best Business Person by Sacramento Magazine and 2002 Business Woman of the Year by the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce. In recognition of her self-made success and unique leadership style, Fitzpatrick was asked to contribute a personal essay to Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur's Soul. She lives in Placerville, California.
Shari Fitzpatrick, Forward by Debbi Fields and Jennifer Openshaw