If there is one thing Americans love, it is a success story. We all love stories of fellow Americans who have overcome obstacles and hardships to rise like the Phoenix from the ashes. The Real Career US blog discovered this great article from Drexel University titled American Success Stories and How They Started if you need some inspiration. However, today on our blog we would like to pinpoint one particular American success story in the form of Origami Owl.
The story goes like this. The daughter of Chrissy Weems, CEO, and Co-Founder of Origami Owl, Bella, had a simple dream to earn enough money to purchase a car when she turned 16. But, it was support and partnership of her mom, Chrissy, and two family friends, Shawn and Tyson, that helped her dream become reality. These four started the journey of Origami Owl together, and continue to make it what it is today, which is a nationally recognized and wildly successful brand of jewelry like none you have ever seen. Each piece tells a story, customized especially for you. Bella started out selling Living Lockets to friends and family after school and things just took off from there. Chrissy, Bella, and the team at Origami Owl are also a force for good with products designed for breast cancer awareness and suicide prevention.
This American success story just goes to show that anyone who has the drive and ambition can make their dreams come true. However, Real Career US would like to point out the main ingredient that we believe helps a business rise above the simple process of financial success, and that is having a mission beyond just profit. In fact, if you read wildly successful stories of entrepreneurs who have excelled in business, many times the driving force behind their product or service aims at improving the lives of others in some major way.
If you are an entrepreneur with a great product or service you are getting ready to launch, is there a bigger driving force behind your idea? If not, maybe it’s time to go back to the drawing board and see if there is a cause worth fighting for that you can make a big part of your mission statement. Many small business owners these days are jumping on the bandwagon of cause marketing. That means having a social mission as well as a product or service. This article from Cause Capitalism does a great job of explaining why your company should have a social mission. But we can tell you right now that the main reason is that the only way we are going to save ourselves and our planet is by helping each other.
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