In Chapter 6 of 21 in her 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, entrepreneur Audrey Parker discusses how growing up her parents taught her to pursue what makes her happy. Knowing she has the love and support of her family helps Parker gather courage to take the entrepreneurial leap. Once an entrepreneur, Parker's family provides her support that helps her develop. Parker co-founded CLEAResult, an energy management consulting firm.
Erik: Where has your family been most supportive throughout your entrepreneurial journey? Audrey: This is gonna sound strange, but they’ve been the most supportive throughout my formative years, which is actually long before I did any of the things that I’ve done in the last several years in entrepreneurial business. My parents taught me from a very young age to trust myself and believe in myself, and they were always there backing me up. My father, I can remember so many times, my father telling me, he wanted me to do whatever I wanted to do. And, you know, there are so many families out there who kind of direct their children which field to get into or put some sort of pressure or guidance, stern guidance on the direction that their children go, and I always really appreciated that it was very much instilled in me that I need to do what makes me happy and what I want to do. And I can remember being young and thinking ‘well, gosh, I don’t even know what I wanna do, so yikes!’ You know, it’s a little bit intimidating, but that knowing that they fully love me, fully support me, and just want me to do what makes me happy, that was instilled in me long, long ago, and so I really feel like that was the best thing that they could have ever done to support me through the entrepreneurial times that – while I was in them, the best thing that they did was just listen to me blow off steam, and, you know, if I was really stressed out, or needed moral support, or whatever, they were always there for me, but that early upbringing was definitely, definitely the most valuable.