HA! An XOX? A rare champion of a cause for another cause. By a woman.
Imagine that lady over there, see, might actually be a champion. One who dares to walk her dream. Awe inspiring? You bet! Meet the XOX: You are the champion!
A rainbow of emotions. Diverse beauty. Strong. Simple love. Gentle. Kind. Radiant. Happy. Respectful. Grateful. Sincere. Humble. Open. Friendly. Courageous. Funny. Fearless. Every day each XOX commits to master one of these virtues.
Through my ‘XOX: You are the Champion’ program, I have been coaching three amazing women entrepreneurs. Since October 2016. No charge, just serving them to become champions.
Smiling, they hug each other. Hey? How are you? Ooh, nice dress! I love your hair! How’s Mum? We meet every second Sunday at 2pm sharing vegetable spring rolls and Chinese tea, just K26 J which we share and pay for. We sit and chat at a lovely eatery at Vision City (VC), which is the place to shop and eat in bustling Port Moresby.
They all left employment and decided to become entrepreneurs. The money they make from sales helps pay rent, bills, fees and buy school and household needs. We plan: a virtue to practice as a habit. Setting weekly goals, create expenditure budgets, build our lists of existing and new clients while retaining friendly relationships.
Each XOX is vibrant and has exceptional skills. They make friends easily, have beautiful smiles, are well groomed and are learning to be aware of the personalities they project.
They undoubtedly believe that the meetings have been a well of inspiration, helping them with success. As I coach, I use Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich concepts that behind any business success is a powerful engaging personality.
Dianne was a flight attendant. Nowadays, she lives at Ensisi Valley. She is the breadwinner for her family and sells clothing to working women and shop owners. She employs two other female staff.
Di wakes up at 4am and goes through her daily to do list. She reviews her day at around 9pm and plans the next day. She pays agents an agreed weekly commission based on the sales she makes.
Previously Di tried selling at two locations (VC and Waigani) by sharing monthly rentals with another entrepreneur friend but this fell through.
A natural blondie, Di has an infectious smile that illuminates her personal goal to make people happy.
Sarea rents a stall at the Women in Business (WiB) Steamships warehouse next to CPL just off Waigani Drive. This is a great initiative of Janet Sape, founder of the WiB, who is an amazing entrepreneur helping colleague women entrepreneurs.
Each woman entrepreneur pays a monthly stall rent of K1,000 to sell their products. Sarea employs her sister who runs the stall selling ladies dresses, blouses, skirts, handbags and shoes for both men and women.
Sarea lives near Mahuru with her sister and their frail mother who they care for. The earnings from the stall help buy medication for their mother.
Sarea has a job where she works on a shift basis. Always exquisitely dressed, soft spoken, she’d rather listen than speak.
She passionately believes in quality relationships and seeks out extraordinary women entrepreneurs to share business success experiences. Her desire led to the start of our meetings.
Monica is in the catering business and employs her sister to sell cooked food at the WiB stall she rents. She also has interests in property with a small business where she works on a commission basis buying and selling real estate.
She lives with her family in a rented unit at Ensisi Valley and often sits quietly listening to the others and shares in the discussion when it is about figuring out how to manage family and marriage challenges. She wants to be an influencer and live by example in marriage and as a woman entrepreneur.
Tiare is single and the youngest at 33. She just joined the group when Sarea brought her along to our end of year mini workshop.
Tiare is an expert pastry baker for events to supplement her fortnightly salary. She baked a double layered frosty chocolate Christmas cake for the WiB. Would you accept that the cost of that cake was about the same as her fortnight salary at a posh hotel?
The XOX excitedly suggested an ad Tiare’s Taste! Hey, that’s a great marketing ad! Add a picture of saliva dripping gloriously layered cake and off you go!
Tiare smiles. “I want to get into business to show my appreciation to my parents. They encourage me to have a go, share the word of God and pray for me. I earned my bakery certificate over six months and my parents were there every step of the way. I’d sleep just two hours, do my homework and rush off to work. To be my own pastry cook is saying thanks to my parents.”
My walk with equality.
Drinking coffee and eating muffins we completed our half day mini workshop at the WiB Resource Centre. Revisiting personal life purposes and applauded achievements while reviewing challenges for positive action.
Finally we draft our individual strategies for 2017 including marketing, action plans, goals, targets, budgets, evaluation and monitoring.
Uplifted, we thank Mona Endehipa for allowing us to use the resource centre.
We vow to make others happy, be positive examples in our family, nurture quality relationships and care for our parents.
We agreed to secure a central location, sharing rent and to operate our businesses the best way we know we can in 2017 as we walk with equality.