We are thrilled to see Scout Mandolin Founder Julie Martin featured on SDVoyager, a publication that highlights entrepreneurs, artists and creatives that make their local cities exciting to live in.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road is never smooth – and that represents both the challenge and the excitement. Twain wrote, “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” I think of that often. I like that because it reminds me the road isn’t supposed to be smooth. Entrepreneurship is about navigating far and away; it takes courage. When I move along, it makes me feel stronger. The struggles along the way were many: how best to build, design, manage, and scale a business? …And how to do this while holding together some sort of a personal life? I wrestle mostly with the intersection of my art and my business. It’s a tension I feel daily. But I do feel that I am my best in that struggle – out at sea, so to speak, far from safe harbor. Entrepreneurs were meant to be at sea. Twain was right, I think.
Scout Mandolin – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
By listening to your love story and learning all of the details about your special someone. Discovering these details will allow us to capture a robust profile that inspires your design. Your custom piece with your love story, his or her tastes, and your budget in mind! We create incredible value by eliminating the retail middle man and by not keeping an inventory of diamonds in house. Throughout this exciting design process, we serve as your personal guide and remove all of the worry and stress so you can enjoy being a part of such a meaningful expression of your love. Truly one of a kind custom engagement rings and jewelry. Our creative design process deliberately empowers each partner to play a part, preserving the balance between the necessity of their input with the magic of your surprise!
Scout Mandolin’s master jewelers are an integral part of your custom design journey from start to finish. With more than 75 years behind the bench, their expert craftsmanship and attention to the finest detail is absolutely unparalleled ensuring your creation is the finest quality imaginable
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success for me is simple: Am I healthy of body, heart and mind, being creative, contributing to others in a meaningful way, and taking risks. I am at my best when I’m pushing the body-mind-spirit thing. Success is having the confidence each day to take the chance on my creativity, my dreams. Total and complete belief in myself. I’m not there yet – who really is? – but I work on it every day.
Being autonomous, creative and helpful to others sounds a lot like perfect success to me.