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What Entrepreneurship Means

Entrepreneurship is not just about building a business. It's about embracing and building your life. It's about making mistakes, facing your fears, love and loss. It's about stepping out into the unknown and having faith in yourself. It's about forward movement and thinking, even when the outlook is foggy.

I had the opportunity recently to tell a bit of my story on film. The result is below. I hope you enjoy it. Maybe you'll discover you're an entrepreneur. Maybe, you've been one all along.

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  • pamelahawley

    Alicia, thank you for sharing your inspiring story of become an entrepreneur! It's wonderful to hear about someone finding their right place and pursuing their goals.

    I started my first entrepreneurial venture early--age 10! I set up a store called "Pam's Place" in my room. It ‘featured’ pencils, bookmarks and magnets. I would decorate them and then try to sell them to my family. One day I tried to sell my Dad a pencil. He said to me, “Now why would I buy this pencil? You need to show me how this is special. Because I can go to Walgreen’s and buy a similar pencil.”

    I scurried back to my room. I decorated it with glitter, sparkles, and felt. I came back with my ‘special’ pencil. I was breathing hard for my little body, and anticipating what my father might say….

    He took the pencil in his hands and turned it carefully, looking at it, with all the goopy colorful stars smeared on it. His eyes and face lit up: “Now that’s a pencil!” he said. And he bought it for 10 cents. It was my first sale. With his support and encouragement, I kept delving into more and different entrepreneurial ventures.

    As an entrepreneur today, I love building a team and creating a culture that honors people.

    That culture extends beyond our immediate team. It includes people within the organization, or people who are outside: from corporate clients we work directly with, to impoverished people just starting in microfinance in a local community outside of Kampala.

    I love growing people on our team, which is a key part of our values. Life is about learning, growth, renewal. That’s a commitment we make to ourselves and others, in order to live a most fulfilling life.

    For myself as an entrepreneur, building both people and the organization are essential. When we get this right, we are building a life of meaning and value for ourselves and others.

    Pamela Hawley
    Founder and CEO

    Living and Giving blog