My name is Westley Noble. I was born and raised in southern California. I don’t have a college degree and I mention this because many people believe you need one in order to be successful in life. This is how Noble Timepieces began:
It was 2008 in the middle of the great recession. I was unemployed, had a lot of debt and was surrounded with nothing but negativity. I was lost, frustrated and really didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life.
Ever since I was young I remember drawing houses and buildings telling everyone “I’m going to be an architect when I grow up”. That didn’t exactly pan out so well considering I really struggled with math in school. While I was unemployed I literally went back to the drawing board and began to sketch and draw again. It felt good and relaxing to just create something from nothing.
I’ve always had an entrepreneurial mindset and wanted to do my own thing but I just didn’t really know what I wanted to do. One afternoon I was over visiting with my parent’s. I was siting in their living room staring at a grandfather clock. It had been there for years but I never really paid attention to it. I noticed there was a small plaque with some engraving on it, so I walked up to the clock so I could read it. It read: Handmade by Virgil Noble. I asked my Dad, “Who’s Virgil Noble?” My dad responded and said, “he was your great grandfather.” My dad and I began to talk about him and I actually got to meet him once, when I was about 2 years old. Unfortunately he passed away shortly after that. I began to think about the planning and effort that my grandfather put into making the clock and felt inspired by it. I thought to myself, what if I could design and make my own watches.
I knew nothing about watch design, engineering, manufacturing, logistics and running a business. But I didn’t let that slow me down. I took it as a challenge to learn how to do everything so I could make this dream a reality.
I spent the next few years doing research and learning as much as I could about watches. I was 100% dedicated and committed to doing this. I wasn’t going to let anything stop me or get in the way. Finally after a huge amount of work and patience, in June 2014 I launched my first Kickstarter campaign and sold my first watch and haven’t looked back since.
During this journey I’ve lost and I’ve won. I’ve learned to be patient and have scarified a lot. It’s more than just working hard, it’s about being persistent and never giving up. I want to thank the Lord for blessing me with all of my talents, my wife Lauren and son Caleb for always believing in me and supporting me, my father Steve and mother Keren for always cheering me on through it all.
Did my story inspire you? What’s your story? I’d love to hear it! I read every email and try to respond to as many as I can. Feel free to email me anytime at: firstname.lastname@example.org