It’s insane to work two jobs and have full-time training. You’re an inspiration.
When I had set out to launch Purpose, being an inspiration was the last on my mind. Instead what occupied it was the desire to create cycling jerseys that were great to wear, yet does not cost a bomb on the pocket. “These are cycling jerseys, why would I pay 300 dollars to wear something I’d sweat in” I remember often saying.
Did I take on too much? Did I have too lofty of a goal? What’s there to lose, right?
Actually. Quite a lot. For most of the time since Purpose started, I had pumped my own money into Purpose. Developing the original kits. These got copied. And I had to spend months spend after that looking for better, more reputable manufacturer.
Going into race weekend things got hectic. There was much to do, things yet to be prepared, and equipment to be tweaked. There was also the added pressure to do well – not just for myself to complete, but also for Purpose to perform and be noticed.
Don’t have an exit strategy: You shouldn’t start a business with the goal of selling the company. Instead, focus on creating real value for others… “The success of a business really lies on the value it provides,” he says.
Several years ago, while just getting introduced into the world of startups and entrepreneurship, I was privileged to be part of a conversation between two persons. One an entrepreneur who had built and exited a couple of business, and the other a guy who is starting to build one.
Nothing much more to add on top of what’s already been written. You truly are an inspiration and I am blessed to have been born during your time and grown up seeing you in action. Strength and stature at the top and grace while beaten at the bottom. RIP Muhammad Ali
A good life is built with good relationships. In the end, what makes a good life is in the deep relationships built along the way. Beyond money and success, having good relationships matter in physical and mental health and longevity.
It’s a question of fast. For a moment, fast was good. Fast got things done quickly. So we can expect things sold to us cheaply. But fast also means the pressure to do things ever more cheaply.
And unfortunately in the case of fashion, being an industry whose primary reliance is on human-based manufacturing and natural resources to produce, the emergence of fast fashion, although cheap for the end consumer, has led to continued wage deprecation whilst increasing the use of natural resources and human spaces.
Food for thought in our quest to buy our next ‘cheap’ clothing.
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