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In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Sarah Mae Ives, founder and CEO of digital marketing and training company Sarah Mae Ives Social Media Inc. It was condensed by The Oracles.
Who was your biggest influence growing up?
Sarah Mae Ives: My dad. He grew up in an environment where entrepreneurship was a mandatory survival skill more than a choice. He tried to sway me away from entrepreneurship and encouraged me to go far with my education (which I did — I got a master’s degree).
Every day, he modeled the skills and habits that have served me immensely in business, such as the mindset that “the customer is always right.” He demonstrated the single-minded focus, tenacity, unwavering drive, and dedication required for business success. You need those qualities to stay true to your vision when the going gets tough, and I’m forever grateful to him for teaching them to me.
What is one of your proudest moments?