My meeting with Martha Stewart
You either love her, or you love to hate her. I'm in the first group, having always admired successful female entrepreneurs. Regardless of your feelings, you can't dispute Martha Stewart is among the most successful women business owners of all time. Imagine getting to chat with her. I got that chance several years ago as Stewart was in Southern California to promote her new community. Yes, community. KB Homes has launched Martha Stewart-designed homes in Perris, CA and the press was invited to attend the grand opening.
Stewart had an entourage of staff, reporters and photographers
surrounding her most of the day as she put her signature on the Martha-inspired model homes. But as she slipped into the hospitality tent for a breather, I decided to go in, too. No one stopped me, so I continued to the corner that she
and two staffers occupied.
Clutching "The Martha Rules: 10 Essentials for Achieving Success as You Start, Grow, or Manage a Business," I approached her to sign my book. She graciously agreed and while she was snacking on fruit and cheese, we chatted for a few moments. She told me about her new line which would soon be debuting in Michael's Craft stores. We didn't discuss her prison stay. As our conversation was winding down I asked the question that was most important to me: "Which of your 10 rules for entrepreneurial success is the most important?"
In her finishing school voice she replied, "Passion." She said it like she meant it.
I thanked her for signing my book and proceeded to take these photos.