So many of us, too many of us don’t think of ourselves as entrepreneurs, but I think more and more of us will become reluctant entrepreneurs. Economic necessity is going to inspire more of us as it did for me and Andy Brooks, the owner of a unique compost business.
I’m digging this story out of my podcast archives because I think it’s one many of you can relate to. It’s been a couple of years since I interviewed Andy.
He’s the founder of Bootstrap Compost in Boston. They collect food scraps from restaurants, events and home owners and turn it into compost.
Andy says the company was born our of necessity. It had been three years since he quit his job as a sports reporter for Harvard University Gazette, the faculty paper at Harvard.
He spent seven years working there and around 2007 he said got an itch and started wondering what else was out there for him. Little did he know at the time his true purpose was going to be building a compost business!
Once he did, he dove into turning his idea into a business. Over the last 6 years he has composted over 1.5 million pounds of organic waste in Boston. When he started in 2011 he didn’t even own a car! He collected waste using a hand truck.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Building community.
How Andy Works and Thinks
- Ideal work environment: Collaborating with others and being physically active.
- Superpower: Taking action.
- Work purpose: Turn food waste into a commodity.
- Regains focus by: Talking to his business partner.
“You are always on call and accountable for what’s happening with your business.”
“There was a creative force inside of me that wanted to make and create things.”
“I completely blew my life up voluntarily.”
“I had nothing left to lose. I was a mess.”
“Dire circumstance made me feel scared and weird, but I realized I need to grab onto something tight and commit and own it.”
“Indecisiveness creates anxiety.”
If you have a business idea, but haven’t done anything about it, Andy recommends taking this one small action:
Make it a priority and commit to your idea. Dedicate an hour a day to think about and work on your business idea to education yourself.
Resources + Bonus Materials
Photo of Bootstrap Compost bucket: