The first words of the story. A story where you get to follow and learn from us on our journey into the unknown world of entrapreneurialship? No, entrepreneurship!
I could never say that word, entrepreneurship. And even now it gives me the heebie jeebies, but I've learned to not put so much emphasis on the driest of words "business". I always saw myself as the opposite of business, or at least my perception of business.
(that may just be the lyrics to a new uke song!)
...nothing near like those "suits"!
Although I'm tricking myself into believing that Ola'Pi Creative is not a big deal, I wouldn't be starting this journey if I didn't believe we, Pay and I, could do it.
I know in every part of me that I can be a member of this community they call "entrepreneurs". I have an entrepreneur spirit! I am self-motivated, independent, a problem solver, creative, and I've discovered I don't like to be told what to do. Actually, I think my mom has a story or two of me proclaiming as a kid, "you're not the boss of me!" - sorry mom!
I know it will be challenging at times, but challenges help shape you. I know the first version may fail, but you won't get worse from trying again. I also know that I need a side hustle (to pay off these student loans!) and one that I can transition into my soul project with my soul partner.
As a scientist, I am trained to conduct exhaustive research to illustrate my mastery on a particular subject. In my effort to become a master at entrepreneurship, I have read enough blogs, watched webinars, and listened to podcasts about the topic (more on those some other time) to have an idea of what goes into developing a project/side hustle/business.
But there is always room to learn more!
I have learned real quickly that this project (notice how I didn't and will not use the b-word!) has to have some foundational elements for us to know we have developed something meaningful.
It has to be:
Running on its own while I'm on vacation
From here, we begin the journey of finding our bliss; the point at which what you love, what you do well, what the world needs, and what the world values intersect.