Running a small business wasn't always top of my list of priorities. In fact, I would have never considered myself 'entrepreneur material' or business-minded. This, despite the fact that I had spent my childhood displaying all the traits of a creative self-starter: continually starting new clubs and groups at school, writing bizarre avant-garde plays and stories, and creating products to sell at my school fair (and stubbornly haggling over prices with the teachers!).
So why did it take me so long to realise that business was an area that I should explore?
In one word: confidence. Although I wouldn't have necessarily considered myself lacking in it, the fact is, that I'd never really considered it a possibility. I didn't really know many entrepreneurs, growing up. I knew even fewer (read: no) female ones. So I wasn't ever something I really considered for myself.
It wasn't until a few years ago, when a leadership coach, himself a businessperson, commented that he saw me as a 'natural entrepreneur,' that the thought even occurred to me that I could do this.
Isn't it true that we often need that spark of external motivation, that sense of someone calling out the potential within us, to see the possibilities within ourselves?
While some people may be born with an innate conviction of their hustle, and a passion for business, for others of us, it's a slower journey of discovering hidden talents, finding the right tribe of encouragers and motivators, and doing the hard work of nurturing those instincts for risk-taking and leadership.
While I had the wonderful privilege of having this happen organically, at HOLOS we believe that there are many women with untapped entrepreneurial potential, who have simply not been equipped with the encouragement, practical skills or opportunities to develop their natural gifting further. Many of the women that we know through our friends, The Sophie Hayes Foundation, are incredibly gifted in the area of business and entrepreneurship, but through their trauma of their experience as survivors of human trafficking, need some help along the way to recognise their true potential once again.
That doesn't sit right with us, so we decided to do something about it.
And so we are delighted to announce that as part of our ongoing social purpose at HOLOS, we are developing a School or HOLOS Entrepreneurs (SHE), to equip survivors of modern-day slavery with the confidence, tools and experience they need to make their own dreams of running a small business a reality.
We wanted to share this news with you, our community - and to say that if you have business experience and would like to be involved with the school in some way, then please email us - we would love to chat with you! Please to get in touch.
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