jihan zencirli of geronimo! balloons is the coolest. she’s an entrepreneur & balloon extraordinaire, delivering joy to all she meets. I loved her interview with the everygirl, and I wanted to share a bit of her musings. her advice is just the best; it’s funny, poignant, genuine, and important to remember.
on starting her own business: don’t compare yourself to anyone or anything else. it’s called growing a business for a reason, and that’s what you must focus on. everyone has a better business and story and more money and better hair. but who cares? do the best you can and stay true to yourself.
on finding that something: find something you love to do but can still remain objective about. what you devote yourself to should be a passion, but maybe not the one thing that you love most. keep that sacred. experiment and be willing to look silly trying new ideas. the wrong idea is the right idea to lead you to the best idea.
on obstacles: overcoming comes through action. I am sent flying into innovation, dreaming big, creating new things and acting on my inspiration to move my business along, not just maintain. keeping perspective is also so important. I want to look back at these years and not regret missing great experiences because I was so driven to see my company succeed.
on taking the leap: I resigned from my job as creative director for a children’s character education company where I designed yoyo’s and other fun novelties all with a message inscribed on them to help kids in life, “Never Give Up. Encourage Others. Do your Best.” taking this advice, I packed all my things into a 17-foot Uhaul, hitched my car to the rear and drove to los angeles to begin a new life.
on growing her business: be nice. be genuine. be generous. you should be donating your time and talent or products to help other people out. it always comes back to you at some point, but even if it doesn’t, it just feels better to support and give as much as you can.
on what she knows now: slow down, focus on something and be good at it. also, it’s okay you’re 23 and not 30, people still take you serious so long as you do. stop over-plucking your eyebrows and be a good friend to yourself.