Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 16 — The long way home

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Editor’s note: Since September, Worcester Sun has chronicled the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other Worcester families find affordable educational support and assistance. We used to describe her as an aspiring business owner; now, she’s an inspiring one, a full-fledged director of a Pleasant Street tutoring center that opened in late January. Her journey, though, is far from over.

Success stems from the roots of failure.

We’ve heard this from many an entrepreneur or business manager; it’s a staple phrase at countless meetings, as if the only way to find success is to fail. A lot. I find myself now clinging to this idea and parroting it to everyone I come across in my journey. At first, it was to create a sense of comfort — “Hey, everyone fails. But you have to get back up!” — and now, it has genuinely become a part of my mantra.

Giselle Rivera-Flores and her daughter, Brooklyn

Courtesy Giselle Rivera-Flores

Giselle Rivera-Flores and her daughter, Brooklyn

Success is the ultimate product of failure. Through 100 failed attempts, I’ve found 100 new ways of thinking, ideas, creations and innovative perspectives. It’s inevitable – that is, if you’re failing the right way.

It’s all a numbers game. It’s simple math.

For months, The Learning Hub concept was a place to get a little help for your little student. It was a place to close the gap between what a student learned in school and the amount of information the student was able to retain.

I wanted it to be a beacon of hope in a forgotten Pleasant Street neighborhood – a place lacking both thriving businesses and a sense of community. But now, with feedback from a few clients, The Hub has turned into a sanctuary for families. A place to gain knowledge, not just for students, but for families as a whole.

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2 thoughts on “Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 16 — The long way home

  1. HI Wonder if I might have the email or webpage for the Learning Hub?