Graduation Date: May 2018
Business: Growing up with work experience at my family's corn maze and pumpkin patch, I noticed a particular trend: an endless request for coffee. With agricultural tourism, customers want a vast variety of options available to them. With my passion for serving people, I envision starting my own coffee shop at Skinny Bones. This will not only satisfy more customers, but it will also set me on the right track to establishing a year-round coffee shop surrounded by agriculture.
What is your story?
Growing up in a town with not much to do, my father molded the idea into my head that I was to always aspire to build my life as great as I can possibly make it. With this in mind, I have adapted to the idea that I will not be content until I achieve my goals, consequently furthering my next one. Playing a large role in one of three of my family's businesses, I have developed a set of unique skills that allow me to thrive as an entrepreneur. These skills involve customer relations, agriculture education, construction, and crop management. Personally constructing our corn maze for five years straight, I thrive under stressful working conditions. Having such a setting that requires self motivation and grit has helped me determine what I am capable of and what I wish to accomplish in my future. Driven by my heroes and goals, I know that I can achieve my greatest dreams.
Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration OR biggest hero?
Thirteen hour days, every day of the week. This is how much my dad works. As I have grown up, my views on him have changed. It first began with the idea that he is a crazy work addict and does not know when to stop, and then it developed into my thoughts about him today. My dad, Jeff Bledsoe, has raised five kids, while owning his own mechanic shop, Rottweiler breeding business, and pumpkin patch. Saying that he is a busy guy is a huge understatement. My dad has taught me to seek personal goals lead by our personal passion. My dad has been my hero and biggest inspiration in life and will always be the hardest worker that I know. I strive to be someone similar to him every day that I wake up in hopes that some day I will reach my dreams.
If your story were made into a movie, what actor/actress would portray you and why?
If my story was made into a movie, Taylor Swift would portray me. Her ability to relate to everyone around her adheres to traits which I possess. Although she has only had a couple of acting roles, she establishes a deliberative role in which she is still herself while acting. This sense of permanent trueness, even while acting, is why she is similar to me.
What advice would you give to a student starting their entrepreneurial journey?
Work strictly off of your passions, and begin fast. If you don't, lack of perseverance will kick in.