Opportunity Is Self Made!

Real Estate Agent with Realty Executives Tri County, Bellingham MA

"I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!"

-Madam C.J. Walker, creator of beauty products.

I had never heard of Madam C.J. Walker and boy, have I been missing out! While reading her biography, this week, I learned that not only she was the first female self-made millionaire but she was born in 1867 of parents who were slaves! She made things happen for herself and her family. After reading her life story, I found it absolutely amazing how true this quote is.

That is actually why I have been missing the Rain, a little. I have been very busy. Maybe I should say, I have been harvesting the fruits of all my labor. I didn't just sit down, over the winter. I didn't wait up for an opportunity to knock on my door. I went out there and knock on doors! Many didn't open. A few did. And now, I need to learn to get up 1 hour before my regular time, if I want to make everything happen in a day. It is a fantastic feeling!

I got to go! Today, I have 2 classes to attend. I have to call a few clients. Tomorrow, home inspection and couple of showings. But first, workout time! This is what I have been "working" for! And it feels good!

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Lydie Ouellet Dickinson, Realtor  Bellingham, Mass 


Realty Executives Tri-County  508-265-2117                 

Bilingual French-English


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  1. Myers Jackson 05/10/2011 01:15 AM
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Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

I have been reading a Ben Franklin biography.  Amazing how much they got done with out tv and computers

May 10, 2011 01:06 AM #1
Myers Jackson
Auctioneer, Texas Flip N Move - Fort Worth, TX
America's Auctioneer

This is an excellent post, I believe that we have to work for what we get and the more vision we have the harder we must focus. Thanks for the inspiration today!!!!!

May 10, 2011 01:07 AM #2
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good morning Lydie.

One must go out there and produce result every day...

Have a nice day.

May 10, 2011 01:38 AM #3
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I had never heard of her either.  First self made female millionaire is impressive enough, but child of slaves?  Wow!

May 10, 2011 04:00 AM #4
Angela Randolph

I just wanted to inform you and your readers of this very important fact – Madame C.J. Walker’s historic company still exists today and has never stopped manufacturing all of the original hair oils! Anyone who visits our website at http://www.madamewalker.net can view and purchase the full product line. The website also contains valuable information about the stock/asset sale and Raymond Randolph’s purchase of the original Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company in 1985 from the Walker Trustees in Indianapolis, Indiana and how his family continues to keep Madame Walker’s “true” legacy alive.  Due to our ownership of Madame's historic company and the historical documents and memorabilia of the company, the Randolph Family can provide the most accurate, detailed, and historically sound information about Madame C.J. Walker and her company by calling toll free, 866-552-2838 or going to the contact us page of our website.

Angela Randolph



May 10, 2011 10:45 AM #5
Lydie Ouellet Dickinson
Realty Executives Tri County, Bellingham MA - Bellingham, MA

Angela, thank you so much for all this great info and the link.  What a fantastic story Madam Walker had! I will make sure to stop by on the site.

Sharon, here you have it. Check it out!

Joshua, I agree.

Myers, glad you enjoyed it!

Gwen, I kind of envy them. Less distraction. More thinking time! : )

May 11, 2011 01:07 AM #6
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

That is impressive - YOU, I mean!    You are making things happen and reaping in the rewards because of it.  YAY YOU!

May 11, 2011 02:19 AM #7
A'Lelia Bundles

Greetings, Ms. Dickinson,

 What a pleasure to learn that you were inspired by Madam C. J. Walker's life. You are so right that "opportunity is self made." As Walker's great-great-granddaughter and biographer, I'm always delighted when new people discover her. Today our family is proud to keep her legacy alive through the Walker Theatre Center (a National Historic Landmark in Indianapolis), our books, our support of successful entrepreneurs and our Madam Walker Family Archives (the largest private collection of Walker photographs, business records, clothing, furniture and memoribilia.)

   I hope you and your readers will visit us at www.madamcjwalker.com, www.aleliabundles.com and www.madamwalkerfamilyarchives.wordpress.com.

A'Lelia Bundles (Author, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker/a New York Times Notable Book)


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