Maribel's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Central Route

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Chicago, IL

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 2

  • ON DVD:

MARIBEL LIEBERMAN

Founder
MarieBelle Fine Treats and Chocolates

“When you enjoy what you do, you put your passion into it, and you work so hard that the money will come.”

INTERESTS:

Entrepreneurship Food

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Planning Pressure Family Hard Work Individualism Money & Financial Security Passion Experience Exploration Opportunity Choices Education Values Hobbies & Pastimes Simplicity Fear Struggle Fulfillment Goals Inspiration Failure

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

architect, artist, childhood, creating, creation, doctor, dreaming, drive, energy, formal, growth, Honduras, lawyer, listening, media, money, press, proving family wrong, school, vision

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Grew up in Honduras and says she was always dreaming; never wanted to do anything "traditional," like becoming a doctor or lawyer.
  • Originally wanted to be an architect, but her mother talked her out of it; convinced her to train as a secretary.
  • Says, "because [my mother] pushed me into studying that, of course I was going to fail."
  • When she moved to the U.S., she truly started to "know herself," realized that she found joy in creation.
  • Says you have to keep a vision ahead of you, or else you'll remain stagnant and never grow.
  • Opened a chocolate shop in New York with one of her friends, and it became so successful that she was able to open a second shop.
  • Says she was never nervous when she came to the U.S.; she always felt that when she was here, she could achieve anything.
  • Often thinks back to when she was eight years old and made caramels to sell at school; says you should always revisit what interested you at a young age.

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