Soc-trepreneur - hq2 four years on
posted on Saturday, May 23, 2009 12:54 PM
At the end of this month I will be really happy to say that my company the Human Quality Headquarters has officially had the 4 year mark.
I am reminded that I had actually started my first company exactly one year before that, which was a partnership that didn't fit. And so being 'officially' in business would have begun 5 years ago.
I am further reminded about when I got frustrated with working in traditional conservative business and chucked it to 'follow my own path', which takes me back to end-September 2002. So being 'on my own' is even longer; in fact, 6.5 years is the approximate reckoning at this time.
"Shock!!" as I look now at these dates and years. I have no other description for my emotion as I look! I can't believe I have made it this long with nothing else but a calling and periodic visions and what I call 'downloads' from Above to help make my way through.
There was some moral support although not much; there was some financial support although not much at all! There was much education on store for me of the kinds I never expected or even dreamed of. But as I think of things I must admit that I did desire learning and opportunities to grow, which is why I'd got quite frustrated in 'The System', at least in one significant part.
And what have I learned over this time?
1. That I can handle it: this 'self-employment' thing. It's doable, if you really want something different for your life than steady pay and 'perks' :) It's interesting how I never once felt concern about steady pay but I did get annoyed when I had to be delayed in paying bills for some reason external to me or my performance. But that, in fact, is life. I can accept that also.
2. That there is an ABUNDANCE of resources available to us if we really want to get out there and follow our dreams. Speaking freely about this will help and not being scared of 'someone stealing your ideas...' etc. The involvement of so many people that are excited about seeing you grow and develop, especially as a young woman from a 'developing' country, has without a doubt taken my vision to places I didn't think were possible in this relatively short period of time. I should make the point that this does not mean 'patronage' or 'patronising' which to my mind is the counter to growth completely!
3. That having a focus on something bigger than short-term profit lends to a highly satisfying venture which will carry you along over the humps and grumps of social and economic attempted co-existence.
Too many other lessons to sum up in this small space. I just know that a love and respect for the total me is what led me and what has kept me stepping, and I wouldn't change a single decision I have made, even the ones that led to burns! It has ALL been worth this feeling I have now of making it through.
What I do next is quite open. I still see societal 'refreshment' as important and the need for [re]education as critical and I'll continue to play my part to this end. I believe the social entrepreneur is the missing link between the state fulfilling its responsibility to the people and the alleviation of so many of the social illnesses that we have lived with for the longest time and I will keep encouraging a wholesome embracing of local professionals to bridge this gap.
And I will keep placing [my] Quality of Life paramount, just because I honour this life and I don't want to waste it! If work finds its way peacefully into this space then I will definitely merge with it and keep giving the best possible contribution that I or hq2 can make :)
So, to another, at present, innumerable set of years of self-determination with contribution, which I hope will be legacy of the Human Quality Headquarters and me ultimately.
I wish you all countless years of the same.
With sincere regards,
Sherrilene M. Collymore
The Human Quality Headquarters