From enduring a childhood marked by abuse and poverty to battling life-threatening illnesses, Rachel’s journey is nothing short of remarkable, yet she doesn’t see herself as unlucky - a perspective that becomes profoundly moving when you hear about her life's trajectory.
Imagine starting a business in your bedroom and growing it into a £10m enterprise. That’s exactly what Rachel did with the Tiny Box Company, the UK’s leading online gift packaging e-commerce firm. But this episode isn’t just a business success story; it's a tale of personal triumph over seemingly insurmountable challenges.
Hi, It’s me, Sophia, I help produce Wild Cards and write these blogs. I’m just popping in to say, ‘Wow’, this episode is something else, and the summary below does not do it justice - trust me, I did try, but for this one, you really do need to hear it from Rachel, so be sure to check out the full episode.
As a word of warning, this episode does contain references to abuse, violence, and drug use.
Episode 7 of Wild Cards is about finding hope in the darkness and using personal pain as a catalyst for growth and success. It’s raw, it’s emotional, and it’s very real.
You’ll hear it all, from Rachel’s harrowing early years to her confrontations with severe health issues, including battles with lung and breast cancer, the death of her sister, and her experiences of undergoing multiple life-altering surgeries. Yet, through this maelstrom of challenges, Rachel’s spirit remained unbroken, and she goes on to explain what it was like to be behind the scenes on Dragons’ Den and how she ultimately ended up becoming a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, an advocate for female entrepreneurs, and a champion for sustainability and ethical business practices.
This episode is a narrative of success, but it also goes beyond that, reminding us that even in the darkest times, there is light to be found and new paths to be forged.
So, tune in to this episode of Wild Cards for an inspiring, raw, and real conversation with Rachel Watkyn. You'll come away moved, motivated, and maybe even transformed yourself.