Shani Taylor: How a young mother went from homelessness and drug addiction to running a million dollar empire
- Shani Taylor, 39, was a drug addict and homeless at 16
- Having a child gave her the push to change her life
- Now he runs a successful start-up business.
A single mother has revealed how her life has changed from injecting drugs and living on the streets to running a seven-figure business.
Shani Taylor, 39, runs the business consulting firm Open to Grace, where she helps brands and entrepreneurs expand and connect.
But life hasn’t always been so good.
He grew up in a small town in New South Wales, where he fell into a life of drugs as a way of coping with his “unsettled and chaotic” home life.
At just 16 years old, Ms. Taylor was kicked out of her family home at age 16, spending her nights on the couch or on the streets.
But at the age of 20, she gave birth to her son Oscar and credits her desire to be a good mother as the trigger to change her way of being.
Despite not having a high school certificate, he completed a college degree and began working his way up the corporate ladder.
A single mother, Shani Taylor (pictured), has revealed how she changed her life from being homeless and injecting drugs at 16 to running a seven-figure entrepreneurial business.
Ms Taylor said the drastic change from her teenage years made it hard for people to believe her story.
“You look at the photos (of me before) and they’re like two completely different people,” Taylor said in a YouTube video with Shera.
“(People say) there’s no way this girl was on drugs.”
The businesswoman said she wasn’t ready to kick her drug addiction on her own, but having a child gave her a bigger “purpose” for committing to quitting.
Her first job in the business world was in recruiting and Ms. Taylor quickly rose through the ranks to begin a management position.
At the same time, she was busy completing a sociology degree as a middle-aged student.
He completed the three-year degree in just two years and then began a graduate degree in law.
Ms Taylor says her “unsettled and chaotic” home life as a child pushed her towards a life of drugs, leading to her being kicked out of the house (a younger Ms Taylor pictured)
She credited giving birth to her son Oscar (pictured), now 16, as the reason she was able to turn her life around and graduate college without a high school certificate.
During her studies, Ms. Taylor took a course on starting a business which fueled her passion for self-employment.
“All the 28-year trauma and all the growing up, I couldn’t see myself going back and working for someone else and timing and being in an office environment,” Ms Taylor said.
Since then, he has built his business to eclipse seven figures and write a book titled ‘From Ignored to Adored’, which aims to ‘ignite connection and communication online to attract your soulmate’s customers’.
Despite his achievements against all odds, Ms Taylor said she was very proud of the man her son had become.
“Looking at my son and the man he has already become and continues to evolve is, without a doubt, the best thing I have ever done and will do in my life,” he said. 7Life.