Lorna Vanderhaeghe, mother of four and grandmother of ten, has been voted one of Canada’s Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs several years in a row, and knows what it takes to create a business that helps people.
Anyone can do it – build a business in four years and sell it to the largest nutritional supplement company in the country. It comes with knowing what you want to create, not listening to the naysayers, surrounding yourself with talented, hardworking people, and never giving up.
There is no luck involved in becoming successful. It takes focus and commitment. My motto is, do what you are passionate about first and the rewards will follow. I want to inspire women to be brave. Maybe not as fearless as I was. I maxed out way too many credit cards and mortgaged the family home several times to fund my business venture. I had a big family to feed so failure was never an option.
Nothing should hold you back. I left high school before I was finished and had four children. When my oldest daughter developed head to toe eczema, I visited many doctors, but none had a solution. A health food store owner came to our rescue, and not only healed my daughter’s eczema, but also changed my life. I discovered the exciting world of nutritional medicine and decided to return to school to get a degree in sciences, all while working full time.
Now a single mother, I became a prolific writer to help pay the bills. My writing led to lectures, radio shows, television appearances, and eventually a product line of nutritional supplements. The books and supplements allowed me to do what I love, which is educate people on how to prevent and treat disease and ultimately feel fabulous. And, of course, there were amazing mentors who encouraged and supported me along the way. Those mentors shared their failures, successes, and things they wished they had done differently – and I listened intently and applied their recommendations.
Every day I help women with their health issues through my website www.lornahealth.com and social media. Family and children are important to me. The next phase of my career is going to be dedicated to children. Think of what the future will hold if our children get everything they need to be emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy. There is so much exciting work to do.
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