Last weekend I put one foot in front of the other for just over 90 minutes and found I had run from Nathan Road to Victoria Park and completed the Hong Kong Half Marathon!
Over the course of those 90 minutes, I charted similar water to many a fledgling small business owner. Initial euphoria at the start of a new enterprise, followed by a realisation of the challenge before me, rising to that challenge with some decent mid stage progress, followed by some late game challenges as unexpected barriers to my end goal (in this case a number of cheeky inclines) turned up to scupper my attempts at a decent time. What got me to the finish line (at a pace I could never have maintained myself) was the spirit of the running community. Falling in with a group that seemed to be working at a slightly faster pace, I found myself drawing on their energy to keep moving and surprised myself with my ability to keep up. We shortly began to work together to navigate past slower runners, collect drinks & energy boosting bananas, and keep spirits up through 13 fast miles across the city. Finishing together, just seconds apart, I realised I had become a part of each runners story of the race, and we celebrated with a group photo!
At Garage Society, we have a similar community of individuals sharing common values, pushing the pace and helping each other to achieve great things. Building that community spirit, and seeing businesses working together to solve problems and accelerate to a brighter future is our goal. As we make our way out of January, and approach the New New Year we will be working hard to set a championship pace for our community, starting with our 15/15 : Growing Garagers session on Tuesday Feb 3rd. We hope to see you there collaborating with fellow members to help set the pace for our plans for training, events, and support services for members in 2015! ~JB
Today’s entrepreneurs do not like getting tied down and are inherently drawn towards options that let them progress at their own growth-plan. Personalisation and a sense of creative freedom has picked up the pace and is here to not only rule but also dominate the work culture.
As part of Garage Society’s Well-Being Month, we sat down with Dutch entrepreneur Madelon van de Ven, to learn more about her flourishing plant subscription startup and her mission to get more urbanites to experience the health and well-being benefits of plants.