We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachel Segel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachel, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Being willing to be a risk-taker is what fuels an entrepreneur, and learning from one’s mistakes – as well as successes – is what grows a business. Many times through our 30 plus years, my partner and I have felt as if we were hanging on by our fingernails to the surface of a speeding train! Persistence got us through and endurance “saw us through” those times – maybe these are the other most important entrepreneurial traits?!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
When we opened our studio, Pilates was a little known fitness program. We were extremely fortunate first, to study it from a magnificent teacher and second, to be ahead of the tidal wave of interest that followed so soon after and continues today. We opened The Pilates Center in Boulder in 1990, and with help from our mentors a year later opened the first actual Teacher Training facility in the USA (until then enthusiasts were apprenticed to the very few teachers in existence). Mr. Pilates, the genius founder of this work, having grown up through WWI, lived through the Great Depression and WWII, was a pacifist and believed without doubt that individuals and therefore society would be so improved by doing his work – “Return to Life” being the name of his treatise – that not only would there be no more war but humans could reach a level of “perfection” finally, unlike any known before. We agree and take that as our business mission – to empower people to transform into their “best” selves thereby transforming society. We have touched thousands of clients and students in our 30 years around the world, who touch thousands themselves – this is an amazing legacy. Our main lesson learned – so hard to choose – was to be generous in all our dealings and hopefully foster generosity in those we touch.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The Pilates Center each day to start (-: Then a hike up at Chautauqua under The Flatirons, then brunch at Lucile’s Cajun restaurant, Visit the Museum Of Boulder, take “a tour” of Mapleton Hill or maybe University of Colorado. Dinner at Rosetta Hall or Salt or La Mariposa. Another day, visit McGuckins Hardware store, have a coffee at Terracotta, or lunch at Rincon Argentino or The French Cafe, or The Tea House and in summer to the Farmers Market or in winter skiing at Eldora.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
When one opens a new business it can feel like a new baby and it becomes a family member, for better and worse, so my shoutout has to go to the rest of the family members who lived with this “child” – our husbands, daughters, sons, brother-in-laws, parents.