I’m thankful for my village

Hello, my name is Shira and I’m a control freak (hi, Shira).  I admit it. I LOVE to have my hands in all aspects of what’s going on around me.  I get an actual thrill from being able to make things work.

But if I’ve learned one thing in my 40-ish years it’s that you can’t- just. can. not- be involved in everything all the time if you want to 1. be the best – friend, family member, employer, employee, person; and 2. keep your sanity.   This is by far the biggest lesson of 2017 for me.  Yes, whilst I suppose I’d always known this at some level (in other words, I had been told many times but it hadn’t really successfully sunk in before), the past 12 months of developing and launching Handled has driven the point home in a profound way.

We often talk about new ventures and entrepreneurs as one… it’s the entrepreneur that launched the venture, and achieved the achievements of that venture.

Here’s the thing… it’s not.

Oh, don’t get me wrong, a lion’s share of the accountability, responsibility, obligations and stress of any new venture sits with the entrepreneur, as it should.  But the thing we don’t talk about nearly enough is that the only reason they’re able to do what they need to do is because of the multi-faceted foundation that’s propping them up.  Their village.

The Handled village is awesome.  Just sayin’.  It is full of inventive, inspiring, quirky, generous, opinionated, interesting and passionate masters who give of themselves daily to make sure that what we are building together is the best that we can possibly make it, and in the truest service of our vision and our customers.

To my village- I am so completely grateful to you for all you’ve done.  There are literally hundreds of people who have left their mark on Handled and me, influencing what we are doing, but I want to call out some honourable mentions here:

To the Handled customers– you have inspired us to find the best ways to serve you.  Your open and honest feedback on the good, bad and ugly has helped to shape what we do and how we do it.  Thank you for taking the time to give us your opinions and guidance.  We hear you loud and clear, and you’re the very center of everything that we are building.

To Women of Influence (www.womenofinfluence.ca) – you understood from the get-go what Handled was trying to do and why, and opened your doors to us to allow us a platform to share our message.  We hear it again and again- it is mission critical for startups to have access to mentors, advisors and supporters to collaborate and debate with in a safe environment and you have absolutely been ours.  Thank you.

To our retail and service partners who have jumped aboard to help create a breadth & depth of services to make our collective customers lives easier.  Thank you.

To the extended Handled teamThe Development Factory, Eight Eight Agency, Teddy Boy Brands, rdcDesigns, and Ten-Two Designs- you help bring Handled from concept to reality, giving it shape and voice.  Thank you.

And finally, to Lindsay, Greta, Tori, Francisca and Mich- the indomitable Handled team.  Words will never express the depth of my thanks for all that you’ve done to give Handled full voice and colour.

As I look to 2018 there are a lot of cool ideas in the works- more services, more cities, more tools for you, and I’m excited to continue revolutionizing how our valued customers are served.

I wish you and your circle a 2018 full of ease, health, success and joy.



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