WALNUT CREEK -- Elegantly attired in a slim black dress, Catherine Delcin's high-wattage smile lit up the Walnut Creek Library cafe as she talked business.
Delcin is definitely in her element. The Haitian native came to the United States with her family as a young teen, obtained a bachelor's degree in psychology from Florida State University and, later, a law degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
With her own Walnut Creek consulting group that specializes in law, life sciences and business process management, Delcin lives the American dream. Now, she's dedicated to helping others fulfill theirs through "Entrepreneur Initiative," her recently published book.
"This book is a product of a passion that I have for entrepreneurship," Delcin wrote in the book's acknowledgment. "This passion, along with my experiences, has placed me in a unique position to empower people with the necessary resources for their entrepreneurial journey through consulting, writings and presentations."
Delcin said that her book, acting as personal guide and business coach, will help people uncover their strengths which will enable them to achieve success. She said she created the guide in a workbook format that encourages people to practice their goals and strategies for their success and not just merely read about them in theory.
Delcin works to empower people with skills such as embracing the right mental disposition, overcoming fears and selecting the right business idea.
From an early age, she was fascinated with understanding the intricacies of successful businesses. She felt people who wished to start their own business needed to know that having a passion for something and being mentally prepared are just as important as being financially prepared.
Delcin said she learned her path to success through her own humble beginnings. She dedicates her book to her father, "a man who embodies the essence of entrepreneurship. His repeated success happened despite limited education, financial resources, and limited life in a Third World country. There are hardworking people, and then, there's my father; his work ethic is unparalleled to anyone."
"We didn't have much in Haiti," said Delcin, who lives in Walnut Creek. "You always think, 'How do you get more?' "
Delcin said that learning how to thrive in the United States as a young teen and eventually, as a young adult, included overcoming fears and going for what you want.
Even though she knew she wanted to be in business, Delcin majored in psychology because she believed it was important to understand human behavior -- the person behind a business.
"I wanted to understand myself, find my natural talent and build a business around it," she said.
She's committed to helping others do the same. "First, find out what you're passionate about, then figure out, 'How can I turn that into a business?' "
Delcin, a former Concord resident, once turned her own passion for fashion and entrepreneurship into an online boutique business venture. She said people can also learn from failure as well as successes in life.
The book arrives at a time when people are figuring out that the key to inventing their own careers can be attained by first figuring out what they love to do, she said.
"Catherine's book is a road map that provides a guide for people who really want to turn that passion into a career," said Rachel Van Cleave, dean and professor of law at Golden Gate University.
A portion of proceeds of Delcin's book go to a Entrepreneurs du Monde, a nonprofit that helps people in developing countries succeed in their own economic initiatives and small business opportunities.
"Entrepreneurship is part of our lives. This opportunity exists for all of us," Delcin said. "Live the best life that you can."
WHAT: Book signing
WHEN: 1 p.m. July 20
WHERE: Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway