July 23, 2012

Searching for Success

"What is true success?"

This is a question we have asked ourselves and talked a lot about over the past few months in regards to Re-Invention and G.E.A.R. For most in our industry, success means sales and profit. In many ways, success means the same thing for us, but we've come to see it also means something else...

changed lives.

Ourselves included.

While it's easy to become focused on counting on every single woman we are working with at Friendship Mission to transition out of the program and into a full-time paying job with a home to call their own we have to remember success is not just a desired end result. It is a process. 

And sometimes they don't leave the mission and go into a better situation, but rather back into the same place they came from. We know we are not their saviors. We can only provide a better option. And love them along the way.

We have to trust even when we show up on Saturday to work with the women and the one we were believing in and cheering on has left, it does not mean our time and energy spent with her is lost. Somewhere in her heart, we hope she has gained assurance she is worth something more than what she walked into those doors believing about herself.

More than profit margins and year-end quotas we have decided as friends and as a business that this is our measuring stick and is the only one that counts in the end. This is the success that exceeds market fluctuations and numbers on a spreadsheet. It comes from our heart as a business and is the life blood of our company and flows into the products we make and love to share with you, our customers.

The time is now. Come re-invent with us!

How do you think about success in terms of your endeavors? How has it changed?

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