I never believed I had an entrepreneurial gene. But life can change a person’s drivers. And at some point, my desire to create something outweighed my fear 1000 to 1.
I now believe, if your vision comes from a place of authenticity & you’re truly adding value, it resonates. You seem to find yourself in alignment with your ideal customer, and people will rise to support you.
Starting a business has been the most humbling experience of my career.
It’s meant stripping away some of the facades we can often tell ourselves are important, like portfolio size, title, company perks, and really stripping back to what’s important at the core. For me this is:
Creation and an unyielding need to build something from a place of authenticity
Contribution, legacy, meaning. It took me years to work out how to combine my career with social contribution. Now that I’ve done it I genuinely believe any product or service model could be structured as social enterprise.
Time – only through this exercise have I truly learned the meaning of work life integration. Mumpreneuring through school holidays just turned all of my corporate conditioning on time management on it’s head. But I wouldn’t change it.
Challenge. Big goals move mountains. And the road ahead is very, very exciting.
Brisbane is undoubtedly a city with a big heart for supporting start-ups. I also think this overwhelmingly positive response so early on comes from there being a driver within us all to contribute to something bigger than ourselves. Social entrepreneurialism gives people an option to do that through their business purchasing decisions and change the lives of communities everywhere.