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Marsha Taylor - Creator of Madnice

Marsha Taylor:

"Focus on one core product. Every start-up has a great vision, but it’s important to start with one core product and build on that.

Working smarter will help you survive. I wish I’d known the difference between working harder and working smarter.

Be prepared to sacrifice! Oh my gosh, forget about vacations and weekends away with the girls!

Being a founder is lonely — but when things start coming together, there is no greater feeling of satisfaction!"

I had the pleasure to interview Marsha Taylor. Marsha is a multinational ex-pat who has thrived in South Korea’s entrepreneurial market for almost twenty years. Self-employed and self-motivated, Ms.Taylor’s impressive resume includes event coordinator, restaurateur and vendor in niche markets.

Her latest enterprise is MADNICE pronounced, ˈmadnəs, which brings Korea’s most popular beauty products to the global market. This unique inventory is a curated selection of Korea’s best kept secrets, featuring some products that use the highest quality natural ingredients and cutting edge technology.

Thank you so much for joining us Marsha. Can you tell us the story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Like many women with sensitive skin issues, I was forever insecure about my complexion and forever looking for effective and natural remedies that could not only correct and improve my complexion, but also lead to long term healthy skin care. By some miracle, I ultimately discovered a dermatologist in Korea who introduced me to an incredible line of unique skin care products that hit every note. Not only did my complexion improve immediately, but by including these products in my daily skin care regimen, my skin continues to glow and become noticeably healthier. I decided this had to be my next career move to market and share with others these amazing skin care products based on Korea’s best kept beauty secrets.

Can you tell us a story about the hard times that you faced when you first started this journey?

Despite an entrepreneurial background, this was my first foray into product marketing and it was an industry I knew very little about. In fact, my ever supportive husband cautioned me about the stress and frustration ahead, and warned me that this would be completely unlike past endeavours. The greatest hardship starting out was the startling realization that I was not only embarking on a new business venture, but also that I’d have to learn and adapt to an entirely new skill set.

Where did you get the drive to continue even though things were so hard?

Drive and determination are at the core of my identity. Growing up in a large family who lost both parents when very young, and shuffled from country to country, I learned from adolescence that the struggle was indeed real and my only path to survival would be through sheer determination and self motivation.

So how did Grit lead to your eventual success? How did Grit turn things around?

6 comments

  • Posted on by skylar james

    I’ve been saying “Mad – Nice” this whole time instead of mad-ness, lol. thanks for the clarification. Glad I found out about Korean skincare products, they seem extremely superior compared to the run of the mill skincare products here in the U.S.

  • Posted on by Danica

    Makes sense to focus on one core product first, it reminds me of what Kylie Jenner did when she first launched her line of lip colors.

  • Posted on by Jenna

    This is very inspiring especially since I am an entrepreneur. I’ve owned a few businesses and yes, saying it’s stressful is for sure an understatement! But to me it’s worth it in the end. When you start seeing the rewards for your hard efforts, it’s like no other feeling. I look forward to seeing what Marsha Taylor has in store for the future with her products.

  • Posted on by Beverly

    I can SO relate to Marsha, I was so insecure for years because of my bad skin. Love that she’s made Korean skincare more available to those outside of Korea.

  • Posted on by Sabrina

    Ms. Taylor, you are an example for other people and especially women. I’m certain you’ve encountered countless setbacks and you still pushed forward. Your interview inspired me to push myself more and get out of my comfort zone that I’m currently in. I want to start a small business and I’ve been postponing it for a few years now. Why? Because of fear of failure and also maybe fear of success. What if I’m not good enough? Or what if it’s a great success? What then? Can I handle it? It might sound stupid but these questions keep me up at night. Anyway, you are a great inspiration and I’m trying to be driven and determined like you are and start this.

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