The Yays & Nays of Social Entrepreneurship

 PC: Sarah Prabhakar

PC: Sarah Prabhakar

Being a social entrepreneur (or an entrepreneur in general) can be terrifying. People don't realize just how much courage and patiences it takes. Sometimes it seems like we're constantly putting ourselves out there...and constantly being rejected. I've been experiencing this a lot through my journey getting The Honest Connection up & running. I've been trying to learn retail and sales by going in and pitching socially responsible brands to boutiques. It's hard & it's draining. I can work all day and still have what I call a "Zero Dollar Day." After a couple weeks full of "no's" and a few polite no thank yous, I finally got a few "maybes." Ahhh hope at last.

So how do you get back up after being rejected day after day? For me, I think it's knowing the greater good of my mission. I'm working as a sales rep to get more socially responsible products in stores. If out of 20 boutiques, only one takes a look at The Honest Connection (my social impact wholesale catalog), then that's one more store that cares and is willing to carry social impact goods. And that's a whole handful of consumers who have the opportunity to be exposed to ethical & social impact products. Woohoo! 

Entrepreneurship is celebrating the little victories. I mean the tiniest of things. Like, Woohoo, someone is willing to talk to me on the phone! Yep! Entrepreneurship is not letting the doubters get in your way. Hey, maybe they'll come around once you hit it big? Entrepreneurship is seeing potential and new opportunity when others can't. Entrepreneurship is having a passion fueled by fire. Entrepreneurship is messy (like my hair in the picture). Entrepreneurship is not having it all together and being okay with that. Entrepreneurship is being sleep deprived and overworked. Oh and dysfunctional some days too! Entrepreneurship is being stubborn and knowing not to back down. Entrepreneurship is getting up and doing it all over again, not knowing what the day will throw your way.