From Fast Food To Inc 5000 & The Moment Everything Shifted

Trust me, wherever you want to get in life, there is a path!

If you are a loyal reader of the blog, you may have heard a little bit of my journey “From Fast Food to Inc 5000” in written form, but on this episode of The Rainmaker Family show, I share parts of the story that I have never talked about publicly.

Picture this: I’m 16, wearing this white outfit, topped with a red hat and apron, clocking into one of my first high school jobs. It was lunchtime, and I was the only person at the register. Trust me, it was intense. I genuinely loved interacting with people and flashing a big smile. But, just as I started to think it was smooth sailing, BOOM! Unexpected lunch rush. Lines out the door, and, oh boy, it was chaotic.

Doing my best, smiling, repeating orders – trying to make sure everyone was satisfied. Then, this man comes along. His frustration was obvious, even before he got to me. And then, out of nowhere, he tells me: “You will never get anywhere in life.” Ouch, right? Here I am, just a teenager, and this guy, with his son beside him, lays that on me. Honestly, I was so close to just bursting into tears.

Now, the good news is that it didn’t end there. Right after him, this angel of a woman steps up. She reads my name tag and says, “Chelsey, you are doing an amazing job.” Those words. They meant everything.  That tiny moment became a turning point in my life. It reminded me of the power words have, and how they can either build someone up or tear them down.

Flash forward, and I’m proud to share that I went from being a fast-food worker to being recognized on the Inc 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in America. It wasn’t easy – oh boy, there were challenges. Late nights, big bets on business decisions, products that didn’t go as planned, but we pushed through. Stephen and I believed in ourselves, even when others didn’t. 

Now, what I want you to take away from this is simple. Always be the kind voice in a room, and surround yourself with those who lift you up. Because success isn’t about luck, it’s about making that choice, and persevering. Whether it’s in business, relationships, or personal goals, always remember: you’re doing an amazing job. So hit that play button, get ready to be inspired, and let’s keep pushing, growing, and supporting each other. 

Episode: minute by minute 

  • 00:00 Jump into today’s conversation with Chelsey on the moment that everything shifted for her! 

  • 01:00 Chelsey recounts working as a 16-year-old during a busy lunch rush

  • 02:00 A disgruntled customer confronts Chelsey and tells her she won’t amount to anything in life

  • 05:00 The kindness of a woman changes Chelsey’s mindset forever!

  • 07:22 Chelsey stresses the importance of positive influences and pursuing dreams

  • 09:19 Chelsey’s mission to motivate and create content that inspires mothers 

  • 10:19 The power of words and Chelsey’s “seven levels deep” entrepreneurial motivation

  • 14:06 The significance of perseverance and mentorship

  • 15:20 Chelsey’s journey to success and her encouragement to listeners

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October 16, 2023

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