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Bella / Female / 12/26/2007
Patrick / Male / 06/01/2010
Collaborating, Consulting, Friendship, Hiring Talent, Mentoring, Networking
"Be kind. Be patient. Be tough. " I've learnt that kindness goes a long way in life and business. No matter how hard you work, you're going to need patience. And the will to keep going every day even when you want to stay in bed and everything feels too hard.
I'm 40 years old but I still get told off by my Dad for saying 'bloody'. Still, the best advice was from him and it was always to have a 'F*** You Fund' in the bank. He taught me that money won't make you happy but having no money will make you unhappy. Because of that, I've been able to walk away from jobs and situations I hated and boot-strap Tinybeans for 3 years.
I love surfing with my kids, photography, reading and eating. I've been supporting an amazing Aussie-based charity called Rafiki Mwema that works with very young girls who have been sexually abused in Kenya. The stories are heartbreaking but the charity is beautiful. They've just started working with young boys too. My very first adventure was when I was 19 and went to Africa. I had such a life-changing experience and feel such a connection to that part of the continent. I hope I can do more for them in the future.
I was in Bali on a post-graduation trip when my mum died. The thought of not being there again when my family needs me scares the shit out of me.
We need to grow our brand awareness. We're looking to find the right influencers to help us spread the word about Tinybeans.
Stop trying to figure out what is the right way to do things. The only way is what feels right at the time and nearly everyone you admire is winging it just like you are.
As a New York newbie, I'm keen to meet other entrepreneurs growing businesses and juggling life, to inspire each other, laugh about mistakes and help keep each other going when it gets tough - which it will.