My earliest taste of business having started at the age of 9 when I started selling “Gaaring” (Nylon String) to kids in my area in order for them to fly there kites. A profitable business, but one that soon closed down when my leading supplier, my mother, realized that she was going through string faster than a newborn in diapers.
My new found confidence led me to form wonderful friendships and meet incredible people, people I would otherwise not have met had I remained the introvert shy to be noticed. However, with the increase in confidence came the freedom to speak to members of the opposite sex. And that became the game changer for me.
After spending years in the background, shy to be introduced out of fear that people will mock my name; my life literally did a full 360 degrees when I started to embrace my name. The simple switch from ‘dreading the inevitable introduce yourself to the crowd’ at youth gatherings and social settings; to ‘I can’t wait for my turn’ changed my life.
For some strange reason unbeknown to me, my parents named me Elgeé. Complete with the – é which I can only assume was to add a sense of sophistication. My name has no official meaning; and to add insult to injury, it is filled with unnecessary “E’s” that serve little purpose other than to make my name seem more meaningful.