I remember the first time I consciously wanted to quit. I was 7 and I had a big school science fair project I was working on. I was so excited about my project idea (I was talking about different kinds of rocks because, you know, that’s what 7 year olds do, or something). And really, I just wanted to talk about the pretty rocks that I had gotten on a recent trip to the gift shop at Luray Caverns in Luray, Virginia. I thought they were pretty and sparkly and I wanted to talk about them in my science fair project. I thought this would be so easy and I’d breeze through this project. But when it came time to actually do the work and look BEYOND the pretty, sparkly rocks, and really learn and be able to explain the difference between sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks… the project suddenly got hard for my 7 year old self and suddenly it wasn’t as exciting as before. I wanted to switch to a difference science fair project topic… but my parents wouldn’t let me. They said NOPE, this is the topic you picked, and you will commit to it and you will do a great job. They didn’t help me with the project, but they supported me, they encouraged me, and they guided me along the way. And in the end, my project was awesome and I got an O for outstanding.
Now what exactly does this have to do with business? Well, so often early on in our lives as entrepreneurs, we get excited about the pretty, sparkly aspects of business. We have a big idea we think will be an instant success and an instant hit and we go full steam ahead until BAM. We hit a wall. And business gets hard. And bills come up, or a snag in our plans happens, or someone tells us no. And so we want to quit. or give up. or change ideas or businesses. But let’s be honest, successful business owners we see today never quit. They didn’t give up. They kept going. They pushed through. They got support and encouragement from those closest to them… and now they’re on the other side… that’s what a good entrepreneur does. They keep showing up every single day, even when it’s really, REALLY hard.
My guest on the Business with Purpose podcast this week is Hannah Davis, the founder of BANGS shoes. BANGS means “help” in Mandarin, and Hannah wanted to create a solution to help others while also creating an amazing, stylish, and functional shoe. Hannah started this company at such a young age and has worked so hard over the past 7 years. Her story in amazing and will inspire you to push through and work HARD to achieve your goals!
At 22 years old Hannah Davis founded BANGS Shoes, an everyday adventure footwear company, to help start businesses around the world. Davis graduated college the year after the housing market crashed and signed a contract to teach English in China for 1 year. In China she discovered unique shoes worn by workers and farmers. With no business, marketing or design training Davis launched BANGS, a name coming from the Chinese character for the word “help”. To date BANGS Shoes has helped invest in 1000 entrepreneurs in 65 countries. We’re up ten times over the past three years, only selling online. Our Marketing is driven by 100% organic social media fueled by 2,400 highly passionate Ambassadors. Building a brand like BANGS Shoes would not have been possible even 10 years ago. You can contact Hannah via IG @hannahdavis.
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