Businesswoman Angie Cella’s divinely-motivated idea compelled her to start her own business. Her glittering success culminated in her winning the Women in Toys’ 2020 Inventor of the Year Wonder Woman Award. The book, Blinger: An Entrepreneur’s Faith-Based Journey (Rosetta Books), chronicles Cella’s venture to create a product and bring her invention to life. Detailing her inspiration and device creation, and revealing the business knowledge she’s gained, Cella shares her entrepreneurial journey step by step .

A single mom of four and a successful Arbonne business executive, Cella wasn’t looking to invent a product. But when an idea came to her in a dream, and was later reinforced by “divine nudges,” she realized God wanted her to fulfill a purpose. Full of uncertainty and a lack of experience with product manufacturing, she forged ahead to create the product revealed in her dream — Blinger, a device to bejewel hair with gems. This was her new mission and spiritual pursuit. 

BRAVING THE LEARNING CURVE

Cella struggled for four years to make her (literal) dreams come true, completing one small goal at a time to avoid being overwhelmed by all the logical reasons she couldn’t do it. She was certain her failures — including a failed audition for Shark Tank — would contribute to her victory in the long run. “Failures were a big part of my success. If you’re not falling short, hitting roadblocks or mountains, even, then you’re most likely not progressing,” she says. 

During her entrepreneurial undertaking, Cella juggled the thousands of details involved in starting a company and creating and marketing a product. She also realized that a myriad of things can get in your way while you strive to achieve your dream. One of Cella’s biggest struggles was addressing custody issues for her children. She learned that sometimes she had to take a break to focus on other life priorities but then get back on track to meet her goals. 

SHARING HER EXPERIENCES TO HELP YOU THROUGH YOURS

How did this businesswoman-turned-entrepreneur grow her company so that major stores carried Blinger, selling $22 million wholesale and $50 million retail? In Blinger, Cella shares lessons learned on her faith-based journey to help other entrepreneurs avoid the pitfalls she encountered, including:

  • Understanding nondisclosure agreements
  • Insights she learned the hard way
  • How to set up a business entity 
  • How to develop a business plan, 
  • Tips for successful communication 
  • Setting up a Kickstarter campaign 
  • Steps to secure a royalty license 
  • Understanding manufacturing terms

There’s a spiritual factor in her success, too. Cella didn’t start out with a strong faith in God and was living by the mantra “fake it till you make it.” But pantomiming religious faith using outside actions didn’t change her on the inside. Just when she’d almost given up on spiritual awakening, another message came to her to continue her pursuit. Cella’s achievement didn’t materialize out of thin air — she realized making Blinger a reality would require patience, persistence and faith in herself, her product, her beliefs and the greater plan.

TEACHINGS AND TAKEAWAYS

Cella’s experiences taught her that reaching success and satisfaction is not just about making money but fulfilling your purpose and creating meaning in your life. Any dream is attainable if you work hard and keep your faith. “Fulfillment in our lives, when we feel most satisfied, comes from meaning and purpose.”

She wants other entrepreneurs to know that what they do matters and now is the time for them to get on the road. She invites, “Consider your life like an adventure you’re called to make. Believe in your dreams. Begin your journey. Welcome the challenges. The world needs you to play and God is watching. Give him a good show.” And Blinger is the perfect guide to doing just that!

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About Angie Cella:

Angie Cella is a mom of four beautiful children. She’s also president and Chief Dreamer at GEMC2, and ERVP at Arbonne International. She’s an inventor, entrepreneur and a woman of profound faith. Throughout her career, she has dedicated herself to hard work and persistence, and to motivating and supporting others to achieve their own dreams. She believes everyone has a God-given purpose and that discovering this leads to personal transformation and success in life.