So why coaching? Why now? What do we hope to accomplish?
When I (Brandon) first started our coffee shop it was a huge learning curve for me. I mean not only was I learning how to be a barista, but everything else too.
Actually Amanda was the one who did the internship and learned everything while I stayed at my job so we could pay the bills. So once I started and left my full time job Amanda and I were responsible. Responsible to market the biz, make the products, manage the staff that we needed to train, and do it all. Not to mention all the paperwork and tax stuff that to this day I am still clueless on what it all means.
But we learned we have to figure it out if we want to make it. We were not only the buck stop’s here people but also the faces. We had to pretend me knew what we were doing even if we had no clue. Then you get the mean reviewers who really have no idea and think they know everything. You think to yourself, “I would love to do ______ if I had the money and time.” We often felt so inadequate especially when people compare us to a grocery store and want us to have all the same offerings at the same price.
So how did we make it? Why are we still here after 5 years? I often say these have been the longest 5 years of my life.
Here’s the #1 secret: We knew that we knew that we knew that this was what we were suppose to do.
The second is that we had coaches who helped us figure out some of the challenges we were facing. These coaches are people who believed in us even when we didn’t believe in ourselves.
Now that it has been 5 years, I feel confident that I know how to run our biz. Maybe not all the paperwork and tax stuff but that’s why a team is so important. I feel like we have learned so much in a world that frankly is not very forgiving or easy on a small business. We have gone through the ropes and have our scars to prove it.
My hope is to now help others in the fight! People who are dreamers like us who think they can make a difference. My hope is to now be an encouragement to them even when the reviewers and naysayers try and make us feel small. As we grow Overflow Your Possibility, we want to encourage social entrepreneurs. We want to help empower them to change the world. We want to develop a community of people who want to make the world a better place.
Comment and tell us some of the things you’re struggling with in taking your dream and making it a reality. We’ll dedicate a future blog post to answering your questions!
“Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead