Entrepreneurship sometimes comes in small packages. You know those moments where you stop and truly appreciate what’s happening directly in front of your eyes? I recently went to our local grocery store the HEB, and saw exactly what you’d expect this time of year, Girl Scouts selling Girl Scout Cookies. . . but this time it was different. A magnetic young lady, maybe 10 years old had hoisted herself up onto the traffic stones in front of the entrance, donning a plush cookie costume, and surrounded her feet with a display of the cookie options for sale.
With her parents standing behind her, among other Scouts, I saw the future, a disruptive Scout with the passion (bordering on obsession) for the business of selling cookies. She hailed to the crowds, “We’ve got your cookies here! Lemon! Thin Mints! . . . One box for five dollars, and five for twenty! I asked her how she came to feel so brave in front of so many strangers. She claimed, “I actually love it! I’ve been getting donations even when people don’t want to buy cookies! Some people aren’t happy because I’m doing it a little differently, but if I make more money, shouldn’t that count?”
I bought 10 boxes immediately and was able to catch a video clip of her pictured below. Making it 1000% clear that I was NOT buying cookies, the family looked perplexed. I responded to their screwed up faces by saying, “I don’t even like cookies. Today, I bought her. Her passion, her courage, and have never purchased from any kid behind the sales table. She is the future of business. She will change the world. She alone will be a force to be reckoned with, and I just PRAY you foster her in her future dreams.
The mission of the Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. As much as I avoid focusing on gender, race, creed, etc. when discussing business, I have to say, “Bravo!” She will be a force in business, not in spite of the fact that she is a woman, but because she is taking the leap most can’t. She becomes a shining example as she risks the accolades of her peers and strangers alike. Thanks Girl Scouts!