This is the advice given by Debbi Fields’ father to her, and this is what motivated her towards achieving her ambition and goal in life. What obstacles did she face in her career? This is what we will present to you in this article. So follow us in the next few lines.
“Whatever you are going to do with your life, find something that you love with strength and passion.”
Birth and upbringing of Chef Debbi Fields:
Debbi Fields was born in Oakland, California, in the United States of America, on September 18, 1956, to a simple family consisting of a father who works as a welder, a mother who is a housewife, and five sisters. “Debbi” is the youngest, and “Debbi”‘s relationship with education is not good enough, and her only passion is the kitchen and making sweets, especially chocolate candy. This is because she did not have the money to buy the cost of the ingredients for the sweets she made.
At the age of 13, she started looking for solutions for herself, so she decided to get money and collect it through work, so she kept looking for a suitable job for her, and indeed she was able to achieve that and found a job for herself in one of the baseball stadiums, and her job was to collect baseballs scattered during matches in exchange for 5 dollars per week, and she worked every day of the week to make sweets at the end and sell them to the neighbors, and she remained like that for 3 continuous years.
Beginnings of Debbi Fields:
After 3 years, when Debbi was 16 years old, she was able to save the price of a small car, and she bought a used Volkswagen car, to serve as a kiosk in which she roams and displays and sells her sweets in front of shops and sports stadiums. Parks and has continued to work on this car for 3 years; That is until she was 19 years old.
Debbi Fields’ marriage and the beginning of the success story:
In the year 1975 AD; That is when Debbi was 19 years old, she became acquainted with a young man, “Randy Fields”, a graduate of “Stanford” University, but after marriage, “Debbi” was unable to continue achieving her dream, and she was forced to give it up because of the many responsibilities that fell on her shoulders after marriage, and the difficulty of coordinating Time between home, husband, children, and work, but “Debbi” was a woman characterized by persistence, perseverance, lack of despair and retreat.
after two years of marriage; That is, in the year 1977 AD, Fields decided to work on achieving her dream and to open a small shop to sell her sweets. Unfortunately, she did not receive any support from her husband. When she told him about her dream and ambition, he shocked her with his harsh response. Where he said to her: “Stupid idea”, and unfortunately even her father did not encourage her to do so, and his response was no less harsh than her husband’s response, he said to her: “You have not completed your education yet, and how can you be responsible for your store when you do not have any experience in this the field?”.
Despite all this frustration that she was exposed to, and despite everyone’s rejection of her idea, and the lack of any simple capital she had to achieve her dream, she did not despair. She began thinking about how she could open her store, so a smart idea sparkled in her mind. She decided to make her candy and offer it to banks That provide support for small projects, and it was not easy at all. Hence, she spent several weeks trying to find a financier for her, but to no avail, until her dream came true and the manager of a bank agreed to provide her with financial assistance.
And she was able to open a small store for her, and that was on August 16, 1977 AD, in Palo Alto, California, but her husband did not stop frustrating her. Where he told her that this shop, from his point of view, has no future, and will not make her any financial profit, and on the opening day of the shop it became one o’clock in the afternoon and “Debbie” was unable to sell a single piece of candy, so she began trying to find a quick solution for her, and among the solutions, she thought to have:
- Offer and provide her sweets for free as a form of publicity, but this will negatively affect her budget.
- Surrendering, closing the shop, and returning home, announcing that her husband won the bet and that she did not succeed in achieving her dream.
- Try to advertise its store and the quality of the sweets it offers.
Indeed, she chose the third solution and took samples of the candy she had made. She boarded the transport buses and began distributing candy samples to the passengers who liked the taste very much and began asking her about the location of her store. This achieved great publicity for the store, so customers began to flock, and the profit she collected on the first day was 75 US dollars.
Store Expansion and Debbie Fields Net Worth:
Debbie Fields began opening other branches of her store and began expanding in the San Francisco Bay area, then in all regions of California. In 1982, Debbie moved her company headquarters to Barack City, Utah. In the year 1985 AD, the number of its branches around the world reached about 2,300, including 160 branches in the United States of America alone, with an estimated capital of $45 million.
In the year 1993 AD, Debbie Fields decided to devote her time to her five daughters, and devote herself to raising them. Therefore, she sold her company and chain of stores to an investment company, on the condition that she be the advisor to this company and the official spokesperson for “Debbie Fields Sweets”.
Other works by Debbie Fields:
Debbie Fields has written her personal life and autobiography. She is also the author of the book “Mrs. Fields Cookie”, which includes 100 recipes from her kitchen. More than 1.8 million copies of this book have been sold. She is the author of another book titled “I Love Chocolate”. It was published in the year 1994 AD and half a million copies were sold. Debbie also presented a program that was broadcast on local American television networks.
Personal Life of Debbi Fields:
She married “Randy Fields” in the year 1975 AD, as mentioned above, and they have 5 daughters, but they divorced in the year 1997 AD; That is, after a marriage that lasted 22 years, and in the year 1998 AD, “Debbi Fields” married “Michael Rose.”
With this, we have presented to you the success story of “Debbi Fields”, the chef who does not give up.