Jean contracted a mild case of Polio as a young child, so overcoming challenges has been in her spirit from a very young age. As many women in her generation, she struggled with balancing family individual growth and independence during a time when women had few opportunities in the workplace to earn a living. With three small children at home, she made the tough decision to go back to college.
I remember being a little girl and looking at her thinking, “Wow, my Mommy is the Enjoli commercial lady!”
That image of her, working hard, going to school and not letting anything get in her way inspired me to live life with deliberate intent every single day.
One day, I was uncertain about launching my first business, when she said to me, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it‘s the courage to continue that counts.” She taught me that deliberate intent means never taking success for granted, leaning into fear is simply part of the journey, and courage is the key ingredient for those who live with intent!
That was the most important defining moment of my life.
~ Jean's Story by Gina Howard Founder and Chief Executive Officer