Leslie Bradford-ScottCEO - Walton Wood Farms, Writer, Pilot, Public Speaker
Leslie's Story :
As a high school drop-out with learning disabilities, my prospects of achieving success in life seemed very slim.
As a child, I dreamed of being a writer and a pilot, but life unfolded in a different direction. My father told me, “Girls don’t fly airplanes, and you’ll never make money as a writer. You’re not smart enough.”
Dear Old Dad ended up getting into to some big trouble, changing our lives dramatically. Soon after, my only brother was killed by a drunk driver when I was sixteen.
Traumatized and feeling completely lost, I made some poor decisions and ended up in an abusive marriage lasting fifteen years. When I sprouted the courage to leave my husband, I sold cars to support my two young daughters, because it was the only job I could get with an outdated resume and no education.
I never gave up on my dream to become a writer, and in my spare time worked at learning the craft of screenwriting. I won two international screenwriting competitions, and nearly sold the scripts, but the deals did not come to fruition. Refusing to give up, I kept on studying the craft of writing for ten more years.
When I was 45 years-old, I found myself in a wonderful new marriage with the most gentle and inspiring person you can possibly imagine. He was a pilot with an instructor’s license and taught me to fly. I earned my private pilot’s license and also received a float plane rating. My faith in love and life was restored.
Our marriage led us down some interesting and wonderful paths, and when I was 48 years-old, I started a company making bath and beauty products in my kitchen. With this new endeavor, I was able to leverage my writing talents to help my products stand out in a crowded market. My life story and its challenges became the jump-off point for our products.
Today, I’m an entrepreneur, CEO, writer, pilot and public speaker. I’ve learned ‘right timing’ is everything. If you really want something, forge away until you don’t want it anymore or you succeed.
Even if it takes a lifetime. Some people are just late bloomers…