Are you passionate about making a difference and having an impact on the world?
This interview with Kathy Wong inspired me to think more seriously about how Jo and I might be able to have wider social impact through our work here at Get It Done Mum and I’m willing to bet it will get you thinking too.
Kathy’s story is fascinating from start to finish as she shares her journey, including how she achieved her goal to retire at 45 but at a cost, how that experience transformed her view on life and how it all led to the creation of Moeloco, an inspirational social enterprise that combines the sale of funky and inspirational flip flops (or jandals as we call them here in NZ) with making a serious difference in the lives of others.
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Here’s what Kathy and J9 cover in the podcast interview:
- What a social enterprise is and how this type of business model works
- Listening to your inner voice and using it to guide your journey
- How Kathy started all over again after time out of the workforce – and the secrets behind the fast growth and success of Moeloco
- How Kathy generates an income through her social enterprise & how her business differs from a ‘for profit’
- What to do if you have a great cause you want to support and need an idea to turn it into a social enterprise.
- Examples of inspiring social enterprise businesses
- What the Moeloco team are doing to make a difference through sales of their flip flops
Resources we talked about:
- Moeloco’s Inspirational Range of Flip Flops – for which Get It Done Mum are proud affiliates!
- The Blind Cafe, Positive Social Change in the Dark – inspired example of a social enterprise
Top tip for a 20 hour a week (or less!) business:
Have a really strong vision for yourself and use this to keep you grounded. If you have a big task list, it’s important to choose just three tasks a day that you want to achieve and concentrate on those three things because you can’t do everything well – there’s always tomorrow and you have to look after yourself and your children too!
Kathy will always also come back to her ‘why’ asking herself ‘why am I doing this’ because it’s really easy to get caught up in the day to day running around and to lose focus on what is really important to be working on. Asking yourself this question will ground you and keep you on track for your 20 hour work week.
Join the conversation:
Do you have a burning issue that you want to do something about? Are you interested in creating a social enterprise business? If you felt inspired by our interview with Kathy, please share your inspirations below in the comments. We’d love to hear about your ideas and support you to bring them about!
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