I had an opportunity to meet a diverse group of professionals today and share the story of my road to business ownership. I asked the people in the room to throw out some names of famous entrepreneurs. “Elon Musk,” someone replied. “Who?” I asked. “Creator of SpaceX and Tesla Motors,” he politely answered. Ah, Yes. Those were two names I did recognize. Following my presentation, the gentleman who threw out that name told me some interesting facts about the Tesla founder. Like the fact that he created Tesla Motors to accelerate the advent of sustainable transportation, and help reduce vehicle carbon emission, not to make a profit. I was immediately intrigued and upon returning to my computer, pulled up a recent interview of the inventor and entrepreneur on 60 Minutes.
Indeed a fascinating story of both his successes and failures. Even more exciting was the thought that this Billionaire’s vision and mission are directly in line with ours: providing consumers with a greener alternative so we can live well and leave a green footprint! Not only was it exciting to hear that a business with a sustainability mission has become so successful, it was also inspiring, and a reminder that businesses with noble causes can shape the future!
WellaVerde isn't a popular tech or social media company. We aren't inventing the next device that will eliminate the need for coal or oil. We certainly aren't as well-known as the Golden Arches, and videos on ‘green living’ have by no means gone viral. Some people call me a tree-hugger and I resemble that remark. I never forget my reusable grocery bags, am passionate about recycling, and couldn't be happier to be a part of this company.
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” (Apple’s Think Different campaign.)
And here’s to sustainability leaders everywhere and their accomplishments that are changing the future!