This interview with Amy Errett, chief executive and co-founder of Madison Reed, a provider of in-home hair color, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.
Q. What were some early lessons for you?
A. My parents got divorced when I was 7, and that was a defining moment in a lot of ways. It was about understanding how to deal with hard things and staying on track in your life. And there is something in knowing that when you’re an entrepreneur, because the certainty is uncertainty. You have to be able to understand that whatever is happening at this moment will surely not happen again. It taught me how to deal with adversity and really keep a positive attitude.
Q. Were there certain expressions your parents would repeat often?
A. My mother used to say all the time, “The sun will come out tomorrow.” It was that same theme that things may feel not so good right now, but you will get through this and there will be another positive thing. I think about that a lot.
Q. What were your career plans when you were in college?