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July 12, 2022

Culture & Connections with Khnuma - Part 2

Culture & Connections with Khnuma - Part 2

When we are having a good time, we just have to keep the conversation going! Join X.T.C. with Khnuma Simmonds, CEO & Founder of My Girlfriend’s Closet, for Part 2 of the Culture & Connection conversation as we unpack her [Suit]Case Story. What started out as a love of diverse extracurricular activities in high school translated to multiple businesses and revenue streams in adulthood for Khnuma. She has used entrepreneurship to create Girlfriendism (https://www.girlfriendism.com/), with over seven different branches of business that were inspired by women of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and created for women around the world. As such, the 2022 Girlfriendism Retreat will be taking 32 women from the USVI to Greece for a cultural exchange that culminates on National Girlfriend Day. Khnuma is intentionally building her legacy by empowering other women and entrepreneurs to live in purpose and to share HERstory.

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WEBVTT 1 00:00:00.120 --> 00:00:03.399 That's why we have to just continue living in our purpose, because in US 2 00:00:03.480 --> 00:00:06.639 doing that, we give other people permission to do the same thing, and 3 00:00:06.719 --> 00:00:10.080 so I don't worry about the criticism. Child People Donna always have something to 4 00:00:10.080 --> 00:00:19.640 say. Where's my dressing? That's all I know, drinking. Welcome to 5 00:00:19.679 --> 00:00:31.440 the entrepreneurs trip podcast with x TC. I'm Shalanda and I'm Chris. As 6 00:00:31.480 --> 00:00:36.079 an entrepreneur starting or ruin your business, you may have a destination, but 7 00:00:36.200 --> 00:00:40.560 the journey getting there and be a trip. We want to be your travel 8 00:00:40.600 --> 00:00:46.640 companions and inject a dose of XTC as we explore real life conversations about navigating 9 00:00:46.679 --> 00:00:52.799 the world entrepreneurship in the US and the Caribbean. I'll take this trip with 10 00:00:52.880 --> 00:01:00.679 us. Hello, trippers, welcome to an episode of the entrepreneur marriage trip 11 00:01:00.799 --> 00:01:10.480 with XTC. I am x Landa and I am c Chris, and we 12 00:01:10.640 --> 00:01:19.920 got K hi Yuall you know? Oh Yeah, my name. That would 13 00:01:19.920 --> 00:01:25.439 be important, right. Yes, you're very important. Let me tell you, 14 00:01:25.439 --> 00:01:29.400 guys, when you're having a good time, sometimes you just gotta keep 15 00:01:29.400 --> 00:01:33.719 it going and when you add a little libation it usually helps. So we 16 00:01:33.879 --> 00:01:40.120 have Canoema Simmons, the CEO, and founder of the Darling Little Boutique here 17 00:01:40.120 --> 00:01:46.280 on Synchroy, my girlfriend's closet, and the global movement called girlfriends. M 18 00:01:46.319 --> 00:01:56.000 Back with us again to continue our conversation. Were you having a good time? 19 00:01:56.040 --> 00:02:00.239 You just want to keep it rolling, right, Chris? That's right. 20 00:02:00.400 --> 00:02:06.000 So adding some segments to season two here. Um, we are going 21 00:02:06.000 --> 00:02:15.319 with what you sipping while you're tripping. So what is everybody drinking here tonight? 22 00:02:15.520 --> 00:02:21.000 UH, Shelando will go with you first. I am almost finishing up 23 00:02:21.039 --> 00:02:25.039 my wine, which is probably why I'm so excited about this episode, you 24 00:02:25.080 --> 00:02:30.439 know, but forgive me now for whatever might come out of my mouth. 25 00:02:34.000 --> 00:02:36.840 How about you? We need to reef a little bit of a swiggle, 26 00:02:37.639 --> 00:02:47.960 something muscato, west Moscato esque, rudy, the mystery drink. That's a 27 00:02:49.000 --> 00:03:00.159 creeper. Everything stripes connectus. So I'm gonna just SIP on this shroud overay, 28 00:03:00.439 --> 00:03:06.240 away from my sponsor, to kicking, you know, keep us feel 29 00:03:06.400 --> 00:03:12.439 nuts. And Uh, I have the Servisa, Um, the cafe, 30 00:03:12.840 --> 00:03:16.439 and some Agua over here. So well hydrated and, uh, you know, 31 00:03:16.719 --> 00:03:22.280 enjoying life. We got a little bit of time. Okay, listen, 32 00:03:22.960 --> 00:03:24.879 let you know. You're my bro Right. I love you to that, 33 00:03:25.080 --> 00:03:34.199 but we really gotta work on that accent. Meet Up. My servisa 34 00:03:36.000 --> 00:03:46.280 you got from that was a little that was a little harsh. Got That 35 00:03:46.400 --> 00:03:57.000 culture we want to call you this episode. That's Chris is Polish culture right 36 00:03:57.039 --> 00:04:01.840 there. So you got three D we're adding some sassoon to the Polish culture. 37 00:04:05.439 --> 00:04:16.040 All right, without further deals this time. M Hmmm, I got 38 00:04:16.120 --> 00:04:20.920 you. I got you a list. Occasionally, you do listen occasionally, 39 00:04:20.959 --> 00:04:25.040 but since nobody wants to jump in, you know, the wines talking. 40 00:04:26.199 --> 00:04:32.720 So we had such an amazing conversation talking about culture, connection, customer collaborators 41 00:04:32.759 --> 00:04:39.319 and community engagement in our other episode with Knuma, but we really want to 42 00:04:39.319 --> 00:04:42.360 get to let a little bit more about her. So we are going to 43 00:04:43.120 --> 00:04:50.160 UNPACKKNUMA's suitcase. Woman, right, and I packed a lot in my suitcase. 44 00:04:54.639 --> 00:04:58.519 You know what I'M gonna say? You've got lots to pack that. 45 00:04:58.639 --> 00:05:01.439 She's pretty good packer, you know, she's not like the beverly housewives that 46 00:05:01.480 --> 00:05:06.720 got, like for Louis Baton things, going on a weekend trip, but 47 00:05:08.439 --> 00:05:11.720 she has that much stuff. We could unpack, but we're going to just 48 00:05:11.800 --> 00:05:18.680 take overnight version. All right, yes, carry on for now, so 49 00:05:19.040 --> 00:05:23.480 Harry is on this trip. What is CANOEMA's deal? How did you get 50 00:05:23.519 --> 00:05:30.920 into entrepreneurship? What made you want to start this entrepreneurial trip? Actually, 51 00:05:30.120 --> 00:05:38.560 it started in high school, and so I typically attribute it to the first 52 00:05:38.759 --> 00:05:43.600 retail experience that I had at this boutique called Light Tallia Shuat with my girlfriend 53 00:05:43.639 --> 00:05:46.720 monique. And when I think about it, though, I was actually working 54 00:05:47.439 --> 00:05:53.639 and doing my entrepreneurial thing from the age of thirteen because I worked with Donna 55 00:05:53.680 --> 00:05:57.439 Elid or specialty advertising, which was my neighbor, and she would have me 56 00:05:57.560 --> 00:06:01.560 come after school to help her with her business. And then I realized that 57 00:06:01.600 --> 00:06:06.920 I became also a Mary Kay consultant the minute I turned sixteen, and then 58 00:06:06.959 --> 00:06:13.920 I started working at like Lucy at. So I feel like I've been a 59 00:06:14.000 --> 00:06:20.680 mini entrepreneur all of my preteen into adults life. Okay, so let me 60 00:06:20.720 --> 00:06:24.639 just jump in here for a second. For those listeners who do not know, 61 00:06:24.839 --> 00:06:30.879 canoma happens to be my little sister. Okay, closure right, has 62 00:06:30.959 --> 00:06:35.439 a scurate but do you guys remember that show in living color? I think 63 00:06:35.439 --> 00:06:43.079 it was like in the I used to call her the Jamasan in high school, 64 00:06:43.160 --> 00:06:46.920 right the kind of like how much job you guys really like, how 65 00:06:46.000 --> 00:06:50.120 much were you doing? You know, she was like the Jamaicans from living 66 00:06:50.199 --> 00:06:59.160 color, but now that big thing is like the thing as entrepreneurs me is. 67 00:06:59.519 --> 00:07:02.240 So she was ahead of her time. Folks just saying yeah, I 68 00:07:02.000 --> 00:07:04.800 I agree with that. So thank you very much, Charlie. But you 69 00:07:04.839 --> 00:07:12.319 know, it happened, it really has paid off because as long as I've 70 00:07:12.360 --> 00:07:16.000 known myself, I mean I've I've always been doing multiple extracurricular activities in school 71 00:07:16.120 --> 00:07:19.439 and then as I, you know, got older, I was always working 72 00:07:19.680 --> 00:07:24.920 multiple jobs. And then what I realized is that I like, as an 73 00:07:24.920 --> 00:07:29.600 adult, having multiple streams of income. So, because I've learned how to 74 00:07:29.879 --> 00:07:34.480 multitask, I always have multiple streams of impact of income. But the thing 75 00:07:34.680 --> 00:07:40.279 is is that I also have so many passions. So it's hard to give 76 00:07:40.399 --> 00:07:45.319 any one thing up because even though I have multiple passions, they're all connected 77 00:07:45.480 --> 00:07:49.759 to one main purpose, which for me, has always been women's empowerment. 78 00:07:49.800 --> 00:07:54.839 So it took me quite some time to kind of figure out how do I 79 00:07:55.040 --> 00:07:59.439 streamline all of these things, like I can't go on forever doing a hundred 80 00:07:59.439 --> 00:08:03.279 and one thing, being exhausted trying to juggle. But then I realized why. 81 00:08:03.439 --> 00:08:07.519 It's all connected to a single purpose, and so as I've been to 82 00:08:07.680 --> 00:08:13.519 streamline that, I've been able to tap into why am I even alive? 83 00:08:13.600 --> 00:08:16.439 Why? Why do I exist? Why am I here? What is my 84 00:08:16.519 --> 00:08:20.399 purpose? What is my what is my Um what is my work? What 85 00:08:20.560 --> 00:08:24.279 is my legacy building? What is that involved? And so I realized that 86 00:08:24.360 --> 00:08:28.680 all of these different streams, all of these different avenues, they all come 87 00:08:28.720 --> 00:08:37.399 together on the same intersection for one main purpose. was here for your girlfriend 88 00:08:37.480 --> 00:08:48.200 is Um boyfriend. Let me tell you, it was such a it's funny 89 00:08:48.279 --> 00:08:54.639 how sometimes in entrepreneurship something that seems very little can actually be like the thing 90 00:08:54.480 --> 00:08:58.559 Um, or sometimes the thing that we take for granted is actually where our 91 00:08:58.679 --> 00:09:03.399 legacy they lies. And so girlfriend is Um. It's actually a term that 92 00:09:03.440 --> 00:09:07.639 came about from the girlfriends who would shop at the at the Boutique, and 93 00:09:07.639 --> 00:09:11.720 there was always this feeling, right, because in our other episode we were 94 00:09:11.759 --> 00:09:16.480 talking about how you make people feel, and so much so that the girlfriends 95 00:09:16.480 --> 00:09:20.000 can really find the verbis in the dictionary. So we had to create our 96 00:09:20.120 --> 00:09:24.559 in our own word right, and so it just started out being this like 97 00:09:24.600 --> 00:09:26.919 fun thing. It's girlfriend is Um, it's like a thing, and then 98 00:09:26.919 --> 00:09:30.360 I was like the whold. We were in a world where there are a 99 00:09:30.399 --> 00:09:33.519 lot of ISMs and they're not positive, but we actually get to put a 100 00:09:33.600 --> 00:09:39.679 spin on this one and make it something that's empowering and impactful and there really 101 00:09:39.879 --> 00:09:43.960 is a feeling that goes with it. And so now we are trademarked like 102 00:09:43.039 --> 00:09:46.559 that is our thing. And so I could tell my my great great great 103 00:09:46.559 --> 00:09:52.200 grand babies that your great great great grandmama created something so powerful and wonderful that 104 00:09:52.240 --> 00:09:56.080 they had to create its own word, okay, because there wasn't a word 105 00:09:56.120 --> 00:10:00.399 in the dictionary to describe it. So, you know, I I laughed 106 00:10:00.399 --> 00:10:01.799 about it, but it's really exciting for me when I think about that, 107 00:10:01.840 --> 00:10:05.120 because I think entrepreneurship. For me, that's what it's about. It's what 108 00:10:05.159 --> 00:10:09.879 do I want people to say about me when I'm long gone? What do 109 00:10:09.960 --> 00:10:13.080 I want my great grandchildren to be able to look back and say about their 110 00:10:13.440 --> 00:10:16.799 great grandmother? I want them to say that she's Badass. I want them 111 00:10:16.799 --> 00:10:20.240 to say that she was, you know, ahead of her time. I 112 00:10:20.279 --> 00:10:22.960 want them to say, like, you know, she was really thinking about 113 00:10:22.039 --> 00:10:26.399 us, and I do I think about these children who don't even exist? 114 00:10:26.879 --> 00:10:31.279 What do I want them to know about their DNA and what's in their blood? 115 00:10:31.960 --> 00:10:33.759 Is that they can do anything they want to do. They can create 116 00:10:33.799 --> 00:10:37.799 anything that they want to create, because girlfriends M wasn't a thing that existed, 117 00:10:39.360 --> 00:10:43.159 it was created, and that's the beauty of entrepreneurship is we get to 118 00:10:43.200 --> 00:10:52.600 create our own reality. MM HMM. Yeah, no, I wasn't sure 119 00:10:52.600 --> 00:10:56.039 if I would break. I was gonna ask her about the cultural connection that 120 00:10:56.120 --> 00:10:58.240 she had with the woman that came to the store. Then you guys just 121 00:10:58.279 --> 00:11:05.320 do like tea parties. I want to say tea parties. Was Drinking, 122 00:11:05.759 --> 00:11:09.120 so it feels it could feel like a tea party. I mean, we're 123 00:11:09.120 --> 00:11:16.240 always having a party, that's for sure, right, but it's it's definitely 124 00:11:16.279 --> 00:11:20.279 inspired by the women I was saying for a US Virgin Islands, because that 125 00:11:20.399 --> 00:11:24.480 is where the boutique was founded, and now it has really expanded into a 126 00:11:24.519 --> 00:11:31.159 global movement because we go to Greece. Um this year we're taking thirty four 127 00:11:31.240 --> 00:11:35.519 women from the Virgin Islands to Greece. No Shade Tristan, okay, that's 128 00:11:35.600 --> 00:11:45.080 bat right. So now we're connecting with other women across the globe and sharing 129 00:11:45.120 --> 00:11:48.320 this experience that was that was birthed on this little eighty four square miles but 130 00:11:48.480 --> 00:11:52.000 really has this global vision. And so, yeah, the cultural piece is 131 00:11:52.000 --> 00:11:56.279 something that's going to always be a part of girl friendism, right, because 132 00:11:56.399 --> 00:12:00.519 it was birthed through me, it was birthed through the women who fired it, 133 00:12:00.559 --> 00:12:05.440 and so there's gonna always be that cultural um component. It's part of 134 00:12:05.519 --> 00:12:15.039 the her story that we're now telling. Yeah, not the history, you 135 00:12:15.159 --> 00:12:28.120 got that right. We're paying attention exact thing as we go along. You 136 00:12:28.240 --> 00:12:31.639 break down, could you break down for our audience who may not be familiar, 137 00:12:31.679 --> 00:12:35.720 the different branches of girlfriend is Um and the focus areas? Yeah, 138 00:12:37.159 --> 00:12:41.360 point grabitude to it. Yeah, so it started out, like I said, 139 00:12:41.399 --> 00:12:45.279 as a boutique, right. It was just gonna be a retail shop, 140 00:12:45.399 --> 00:12:48.399 something that I would Um, open after my friend, when need to, 141 00:12:48.399 --> 00:12:50.600 actually closed her business and I was like, well, where am I 142 00:12:50.600 --> 00:12:52.960 going to shop and get cute stuff? Right, so it's like, well, 143 00:12:54.000 --> 00:12:56.559 I guess I'll just open my own shop, and so it developed from 144 00:12:56.600 --> 00:13:01.000 there because, remember, I was always this woman was doing a hundred and 145 00:13:01.000 --> 00:13:05.440 one thing. So at the time, identicalize that this was the root of 146 00:13:05.440 --> 00:13:09.080 girlfriend is Um, but I always taught dance and I was always involved in 147 00:13:09.200 --> 00:13:13.279 wellness Um, in mental health arena as, especially in counseling. I was 148 00:13:13.360 --> 00:13:18.600 always Um, you know, in in a position where I would have to 149 00:13:18.600 --> 00:13:22.919 speak to others or or host trainings. And so girlfriend is Um has now 150 00:13:22.960 --> 00:13:26.360 expanded into more than just the girlfriend isum fashion, which is a boutique, 151 00:13:26.759 --> 00:13:31.679 but there's girlfriend isum fitness, which is very cultural Tristan. So when you 152 00:13:31.679 --> 00:13:35.840 talk about that cultural piece, it's it's celebrating Caribbean culture through music and dance. 153 00:13:35.840 --> 00:13:39.240 So that's the girlfriend is Um fitness arm. Then there's a girlfriend ism 154 00:13:39.279 --> 00:13:46.200 wellness, where we highlight mental health right, especially for for women and particularly 155 00:13:46.240 --> 00:13:50.000 for women of color who are also business owners, because there's a different level 156 00:13:50.039 --> 00:13:54.159 of stress that comes with that Um. Then also the girlfriend is a business 157 00:13:54.200 --> 00:13:58.200 component where we do training and we talk about customer service and we talk about 158 00:13:58.480 --> 00:14:01.600 mental health and the workplace. And then now, you know, since we're 159 00:14:01.600 --> 00:14:05.039 going to grease and all, we also have the girlfriends and travel, where 160 00:14:05.039 --> 00:14:07.759 we're expanding in that way, so that way we can take our business everywhere 161 00:14:07.879 --> 00:14:11.519 and be global. And then we just have the no. Yeah, well, 162 00:14:11.559 --> 00:14:16.840 the boyfriends. You know, I do have to sons right, you 163 00:14:16.840 --> 00:14:18.559 know, in Canoe, and I'm thinking maybe that could be their legacy. 164 00:14:18.600 --> 00:14:24.360 They can continue where they're on the left at some point and then up business 165 00:14:24.399 --> 00:14:28.799 through boyfriend is Um, if they like to. But you know, I 166 00:14:28.840 --> 00:14:33.240 think even even to that, we're always open to everyone. It really is 167 00:14:33.320 --> 00:14:35.720 inclusive in a lot of ways. Anyone who supports women's empowerment, and we 168 00:14:35.720 --> 00:14:39.039 know that there are a lot of men, including interested and Christ. Who 169 00:14:39.080 --> 00:14:41.720 Do you support it? So I see Golfenism is being, you know, 170 00:14:43.159 --> 00:14:46.799 Um, non binary, non gender specific in a lot of ways. to 171 00:14:46.759 --> 00:14:50.200 M HMM. Right. Just to touch us a little bit really quick to 172 00:14:50.279 --> 00:14:54.159 what Conma is saying, it really really general specific. What I really love 173 00:14:54.200 --> 00:15:00.519 about it is just the fact is of the women empowerment, just them get 174 00:15:00.559 --> 00:15:07.240 together celebrating themselves and enjoying themselves, and that's what it's about. So absolutely. 175 00:15:07.279 --> 00:15:09.720 Well, thank you. And you know, when we're happy that means 176 00:15:09.720 --> 00:15:16.639 that y'all are happier too. So go on, and you know that quote. 177 00:15:18.559 --> 00:15:28.879 All right, Tristan, take us off roading. Alright, alright, 178 00:15:28.960 --> 00:15:31.960 alright, so what we're gonna do we're talking a little bit about culture, 179 00:15:33.559 --> 00:15:37.159 and culture places into perspective, right, guys. So one of her knuma 180 00:15:37.200 --> 00:15:41.559 speaking, a couple of things came to mind, and what it was is 181 00:15:41.639 --> 00:15:48.360 that somewhere in our culture I just realized that we're always working with causes. 182 00:15:48.279 --> 00:15:54.679 Somebody that's close to the family a very young so the fact that you're entrepreneur, 183 00:15:56.279 --> 00:16:00.639 and just looking at that, I was like that we really really start 184 00:16:00.799 --> 00:16:06.159 from very young age. But I got something for you. When do compliments 185 00:16:06.600 --> 00:16:11.559 turned to criticism? And the reason I'm asking that is because, as part 186 00:16:11.600 --> 00:16:15.320 of our culture, part of our perspective, is that what happens is that 187 00:16:17.080 --> 00:16:21.000 we remember canoema running around I school. I didn't know she had so much 188 00:16:21.000 --> 00:16:25.399 going on, but that's just it. So we don't really need the hard 189 00:16:25.399 --> 00:16:27.840 work that you put into it. And then we turned around and we're saying, 190 00:16:29.360 --> 00:16:33.519 Oh, Canuma is just doing girlfriend is. They think they're better than 191 00:16:33.559 --> 00:16:37.559 everybody. It's like a snap party, you know, we're over here just 192 00:16:37.639 --> 00:16:45.519 drinking wine, doing, doing that to the true stories. So when Canuema 193 00:16:45.600 --> 00:16:51.919 is celebrating her legacy and she's trying to encourage and empower, I just had 194 00:16:51.960 --> 00:16:55.200 a conversation to be able to get a Joe. I'm a shout out Joey, 195 00:16:55.279 --> 00:16:57.440 because when we were just saying that and how we were celebrating you, 196 00:16:59.080 --> 00:17:03.720 I thought about how other people just look at it and they turn these compliments 197 00:17:03.960 --> 00:17:08.680 into criticism. And it's because sometimes it might be a part of our culture. 198 00:17:08.720 --> 00:17:11.720 You're doing because this is what your customers seeing, this is what it 199 00:17:11.759 --> 00:17:18.039 is your customer hearing. But how do we deal with that turning complicencing and 200 00:17:18.160 --> 00:17:25.839 criticism? What is interesting. I'm trying to see if I see it from 201 00:17:25.839 --> 00:17:29.079 that cultural perspective, and I guess in some ways I can, but I 202 00:17:29.119 --> 00:17:34.400 think that from the mental health perspective there's so many things that I just learned 203 00:17:34.400 --> 00:17:38.440 not to take personal anymore, because people come from the lens of their own 204 00:17:38.480 --> 00:17:45.000 experience and they come with the perspective of their their their Lens, and for 205 00:17:45.039 --> 00:17:48.480 some people that is tunnel vision. Right. So entrepreneurship is not meant for 206 00:17:48.559 --> 00:17:53.920 everybody. It does require a certain level of discipline and commitment Um that everyone 207 00:17:55.119 --> 00:17:57.000 is just not creative for that, and that's okay. So they may not 208 00:17:57.160 --> 00:18:00.319 understand it, but it's okay. They don't have to understand it. So 209 00:18:00.359 --> 00:18:04.319 when they criticize Um. There there are two sets of things that go on 210 00:18:04.480 --> 00:18:10.440 for me. One is we tend to criticize what we don't understand, Um, 211 00:18:10.519 --> 00:18:12.400 and so that's not my issue. That sounds kind of about to say 212 00:18:12.400 --> 00:18:17.200 it that way, but that's more of like them projecting, that's them reflecting 213 00:18:17.279 --> 00:18:21.160 or maybe them trying to understand it, and so may come off as criticism, 214 00:18:21.279 --> 00:18:23.480 right, but that's their work to do. My Work as an entrepreneur 215 00:18:23.640 --> 00:18:29.279 and the one who is the driving force behind what I've been been planted on 216 00:18:29.319 --> 00:18:33.119 this earth to do, is to make sure that I understand my purpose, 217 00:18:33.160 --> 00:18:37.640 regardless of that criticism, right, and to use that to fuel me even 218 00:18:37.799 --> 00:18:40.720 more, not to prove them wrong, because I don't want to put my 219 00:18:40.880 --> 00:18:47.079 energy, Um, into areas that aren't celebrated, right, because you want 220 00:18:47.079 --> 00:18:51.440 to put your energy in places where you're fueled Um. But as long as 221 00:18:51.559 --> 00:18:56.680 I understand my why, then that's the important thing. And so I usually 222 00:18:56.759 --> 00:19:00.079 thank my criticizers. I'm like, Oh, that's what you think of me. 223 00:19:00.200 --> 00:19:06.000 Thank you so much, because that just fuelled me even more, you 224 00:19:06.039 --> 00:19:15.160 know, Um. And it just encourages them because they're not getting the energy 225 00:19:15.200 --> 00:19:18.880 they wanted. Listen, what happens is, you know that thing, like 226 00:19:18.920 --> 00:19:22.400 if you can't beat them, join them. I find that, you know 227 00:19:22.799 --> 00:19:25.440 most of the girlfriends who have been involved, and even the men who have 228 00:19:25.480 --> 00:19:29.039 been involved in girlfriend is. Um, they're attracted. We we share that 229 00:19:29.519 --> 00:19:33.599 similarity. But there are some people to have who have come over to the 230 00:19:33.599 --> 00:19:37.880 other side because they're like, you know what, I can't beat this positive 231 00:19:37.960 --> 00:19:40.880 energy, I just can't, and so I just might as well join you. 232 00:19:41.200 --> 00:19:44.359 And that's well, like that's what they wanted all the time, but 233 00:19:44.559 --> 00:19:48.359 didn't. That's what they wanted all the time. Exactly right. But that's 234 00:19:48.119 --> 00:19:52.440 that lens again, like if someone doesn't job experience with that energy, they 235 00:19:52.440 --> 00:19:56.799 can't identify with it. But maybe their criticism is just their way of seeking 236 00:19:56.839 --> 00:19:59.759 it. And so that's why we have to just continue living in our purpose, 237 00:20:00.119 --> 00:20:02.920 because the US doing that, we give other people permission to do the 238 00:20:03.000 --> 00:20:06.559 same thing. And so I don't worry about the criticism. Child people don't 239 00:20:06.599 --> 00:20:08.559 always have something to say. Where's my dressing? That's all I know. 240 00:20:11.680 --> 00:20:21.480 Drinking that this is the last time. I take. All right, and 241 00:20:21.519 --> 00:20:30.319 I think that's a perfect segue into some souvenirs Hereanda, oh my gosh, 242 00:20:30.359 --> 00:20:34.440 there was so much nuggets of information and so many souvenirs, just like going 243 00:20:34.480 --> 00:20:41.400 shopping in MTC. Like which one? So good. All right, this 244 00:20:41.480 --> 00:20:45.680 is what right, these are my high life, high level souvenirs or takeaways 245 00:20:45.720 --> 00:20:52.240 from the conversation. Your Business comes from you and it is fueled by your 246 00:20:52.319 --> 00:20:59.720 passion. So if you have passion different areas, it allows you to diverse 247 00:20:59.799 --> 00:21:03.440 a by your offerings. It helps you to diversify your impact, but it 248 00:21:03.519 --> 00:21:15.079 also helps you to diversify your revenue stream. Can I get something? That's 249 00:21:15.119 --> 00:21:21.319 what another souvenir is. You know, most people get into business thinking about 250 00:21:21.359 --> 00:21:26.920 the money, but really getting into businesses about thinking about your legacy your business. 251 00:21:26.000 --> 00:21:29.480 What if the impact is going to have in the community? What if 252 00:21:29.480 --> 00:21:33.599 the impact is going to have generations to come? So what do you want 253 00:21:33.680 --> 00:21:37.480 your legacy to be? And start from there to build your business. and 254 00:21:38.079 --> 00:21:45.680 Mr off road, who brought up when do compliments turn into criticism? Well, 255 00:21:47.000 --> 00:21:52.480 Kimmi had a really good comeback with that. Just given you energy and 256 00:21:52.519 --> 00:21:56.799 if any any energy, you project this positive energy and it's interesting that that 257 00:21:56.880 --> 00:22:00.559 came up because I was in a conversation with some entrepe preneise in Orlando recently 258 00:22:00.799 --> 00:22:07.240 and one one of the entrepreneurs was focused on the naysayers, and my response 259 00:22:07.279 --> 00:22:11.680 to her was, whatever it is that we're doing as entrepreneurs, either individually 260 00:22:11.720 --> 00:22:18.480 or collectively, people who cannot understand or identify or want to be part of 261 00:22:18.480 --> 00:22:22.440 this energy that we're fueling are not going to be part of it. And 262 00:22:22.599 --> 00:22:25.880 you just can't focus on that. You focus on what your purpose is, 263 00:22:25.920 --> 00:22:29.759 what your passion is and the impact you're trying to have. So those are 264 00:22:29.799 --> 00:22:34.359 my souvenirs. Did I miss anything? Please feel free to add souvenirs that 265 00:22:34.480 --> 00:22:38.880 we can pack from this conversation. Okay, I like how she's looking to 266 00:22:38.960 --> 00:22:45.519 the bottom. What does that right there? All right, all right, 267 00:22:45.680 --> 00:22:49.359 so here's stress. So what I does, Scot, as a souvenir is 268 00:22:49.640 --> 00:22:59.480 being an entrepreneur. Put in that collective that culture. Hold on, I 269 00:22:59.519 --> 00:23:03.759 want to collective culture, collective culture. That makes sense anyway. It puts 270 00:23:03.799 --> 00:23:10.920 us in this small group right that. I don't want to go ahead, 271 00:23:10.960 --> 00:23:19.160 Chris something. All right, another your thoughts, Chris. What are your 272 00:23:19.200 --> 00:23:22.319 souvenirs? Hopefully, but then before our minute is up, trist and we 273 00:23:22.400 --> 00:23:26.960 can get that souvenir, because I want it alright. So I think the 274 00:23:26.960 --> 00:23:32.480 big one for me is just Um uh, kind of the real introspective question 275 00:23:32.480 --> 00:23:37.960 of really, who are you as an entrepreneur and to really like internalize that 276 00:23:37.160 --> 00:23:41.559 of Um, not just like who are you as far as what you represent 277 00:23:41.680 --> 00:23:48.279 from your your company or Your Business Lines, but who are you um in 278 00:23:48.359 --> 00:23:51.720 everything you do, uh in your waking moments, and does what you do 279 00:23:51.759 --> 00:23:56.240 as an entrepreneur uh tied to that Um? And I think that really is 280 00:23:56.359 --> 00:24:00.079 that Um, that big thing of whether you can connect with someone on a 281 00:24:00.599 --> 00:24:06.039 on a real level or whether you can sense that sail coming is is the 282 00:24:06.119 --> 00:24:11.599 purpose in line with the business proposition or the business value? Um? And 283 00:24:11.640 --> 00:24:15.480 if the person really wholeheartedly represents that Um, then it comes across a lot 284 00:24:15.519 --> 00:24:22.559 more authentic and purposeful. What I have to say eight seconds is that it's 285 00:24:22.599 --> 00:24:27.640 an entrepreneurial culture, and that's what it is, is an entrepreneurial culture, 286 00:24:29.359 --> 00:24:33.200 Um, and where we share that some of those similar thoughts of empowerment, 287 00:24:33.839 --> 00:24:38.440 support, you know, networking, just those talks of coming together and do 288 00:24:38.640 --> 00:24:45.640 more positive things, not because it's just for us. It's more about our 289 00:24:45.720 --> 00:24:49.400 legacy, our passions and just getting things out there. I listened to a 290 00:24:49.480 --> 00:24:52.880 quote the other day and it was like the richest place in the world is 291 00:24:52.880 --> 00:24:57.519 a graveyard. And what he said it was a graveyard is because a lot 292 00:24:57.519 --> 00:25:03.039 of people that of ideas, have passions, never acted on them and because 293 00:25:03.039 --> 00:25:07.440 they never acted at them, they took it with them and then for the 294 00:25:07.519 --> 00:25:14.559 better place. So that's my take away. That was more than eight seconds. 295 00:25:14.599 --> 00:25:22.160 By the thing, the clock broke. That's what happened. We will 296 00:25:22.200 --> 00:25:26.279 give you some grace on that because it was very valuable. Thank you for 297 00:25:26.319 --> 00:25:30.359 that Souvenir. Drift in all right, now we are going to take in 298 00:25:30.400 --> 00:25:38.799 the view here. So three minute shot clock and Um. Kind of this 299 00:25:38.839 --> 00:25:42.680 conversation brought this together for me and I'm still trying to wrap my head around 300 00:25:42.680 --> 00:25:45.880 it, but I kind of want to get Uknuma is just a raw take 301 00:25:45.960 --> 00:25:52.319 on this. Um. So Stephen Hawking said Um, work gives you meaning 302 00:25:52.960 --> 00:25:57.119 and purpose and life is empty without it. So, based on your experience, 303 00:25:57.119 --> 00:26:00.720 because I'm really Um, I was really trying to figure out that balance 304 00:26:00.799 --> 00:26:06.200 of was it work that led to Um your purpose, or was it your 305 00:26:06.480 --> 00:26:08.880 purpose that led to your work? So I'll just say it again. Work 306 00:26:08.920 --> 00:26:15.920 gives you meaning and purpose in life is empty without it. So deep, 307 00:26:15.000 --> 00:26:21.079 Manka. Well, here's the thing. I feel like our purpose is our 308 00:26:21.160 --> 00:26:26.960 work, that is our work as human beings, as spiritual beings, as 309 00:26:27.119 --> 00:26:32.759 entrepreneurs, is to make our purpose our work. So it is very synchronous 310 00:26:32.799 --> 00:26:37.799 in that sense, and that does require this process of self reflection and growth 311 00:26:37.839 --> 00:26:42.200 and being able to in praise the good with the bad, right, or 312 00:26:42.440 --> 00:26:48.000 actually just rewriting the narrative about anything being bad at all. How does it 313 00:26:48.039 --> 00:26:52.119 bring us closer to where we're supposed to be? And so I like that 314 00:26:52.200 --> 00:26:57.880 quote because it has me thinking, and I was actually along those lines kind 315 00:26:57.920 --> 00:27:03.079 of thinking. To leave the nugget of we just need to do more of 316 00:27:03.119 --> 00:27:06.559 what lives on when we die, which I know it can seem so morbid 317 00:27:06.599 --> 00:27:11.359 to talk about death, but it actually excites me to think about the things 318 00:27:11.359 --> 00:27:15.200 that I can leave for other generations, just like others have left things for 319 00:27:15.279 --> 00:27:18.640 me, to be able to be in this position where I can actually focus 320 00:27:18.680 --> 00:27:22.000 on my purpose. So, Chris, to answer that, I think the 321 00:27:22.079 --> 00:27:26.519 purpose is our work. Right, so we better get working on our purpose 322 00:27:26.559 --> 00:27:30.880 if we don't know what it is, and let's do more of what lists 323 00:27:30.920 --> 00:27:34.480 on when we die and how we get to that is just reflecting on what 324 00:27:34.720 --> 00:27:42.119 is our hy M. I have a question, because we're talking about energy, 325 00:27:42.160 --> 00:27:48.960 we're talking about like attracting like, we're talking about having purpose, be 326 00:27:49.160 --> 00:27:56.799 your work and work be your purpose or your purpose and your passion be integrated 327 00:27:56.920 --> 00:28:00.160 into how you do your business and why you do your business and who you 328 00:28:00.200 --> 00:28:04.079 are as an entrepreneur. And as you were talking, it reminded me of 329 00:28:04.079 --> 00:28:10.559 the episode that we did with Warren Mitchell, because that's exactly. Yes, 330 00:28:10.720 --> 00:28:15.519 that's the exact thing that he was saying. My Passion is my work and 331 00:28:15.599 --> 00:28:22.160 my work is my passion. So I'm wondering, are we attracting guests that 332 00:28:22.599 --> 00:28:29.440 are all aligned to this energetic, you know, this energetic field that we're 333 00:28:29.480 --> 00:28:34.759 trying to accomplish as a community, or is the community selecting us because we're 334 00:28:34.799 --> 00:28:41.039 attracting that energy? Does that make sense? It does. Maybe we're interracting 335 00:28:41.039 --> 00:28:44.960 each other. It's neither either or, it's both, and it's an and 336 00:28:45.519 --> 00:28:53.599 I love that culture. Tristan, it is and there's our clock, Tristan. 337 00:28:53.640 --> 00:28:59.440 Any last words? Any last words, please, draple like come and 338 00:28:59.599 --> 00:29:02.839 say something. I'm gonna share something with you guys really quick. There's a 339 00:29:02.839 --> 00:29:06.039 bunch of people out here do a bunch of dump ship and this is not 340 00:29:06.119 --> 00:29:08.480 one of them. So just take a little time out, click like, 341 00:29:08.680 --> 00:29:14.039 just give us a comment. We just need some interaction, you know, 342 00:29:14.599 --> 00:29:19.279 just US know that we're being heard, being appreciated, and you know it's 343 00:29:19.279 --> 00:29:30.079 about our girlfriend is Ms. Yeah, thank you, Triston. Already, 344 00:29:30.119 --> 00:29:33.240 guys, this wraps up another episode. I can't believe the time has flown 345 00:29:33.279 --> 00:29:38.640 by already. So canoma. Thank you so much, Um to unpack your 346 00:29:38.759 --> 00:29:45.480 suitcase and join us on this entrepreneur trip. Tristan and Chris, my Bros, 347 00:29:45.880 --> 00:29:59.839 welcome to welcome. There you go in the club. Alright, tripper, 348 00:30:00.160 --> 00:30:06.319 we'll see you next week. Thank you all right. Take Care Mine. 349 00:30:08.119 --> 00:30:11.119 Thank you for taking this trip with us. We hope you had a 350 00:30:11.160 --> 00:30:17.680 great time. 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