What are 3 qualities that an entrepreneur should have?I think that every successful entrepreneur has grit, curiosity, and a healthy dose of delusional thinking.
What inspired you to create Tiny Docs?We’re trying to solve something that is deeply personal to me. As a child I had my fair share of hospital visits. I did not have a chronic disease, but I went to the emergency room more than the average kid. I encountered a lot of doctors who were smart and well-intentioned, but weren’t the best communicators. A visit to the doctor or emergency room can be very scary for kids and parents. That fear is compounded when people do not understand what is going on. I had a novel solution for the problem, which I was super passionate about, a problem that really irked me. So, I started Tiny Docs, built a team and started solving the problem.
What impact do you hope Tiny Docs will have on families?Our theory for change with Tiny Docs is that if you educate kids and families about health, allay their fears a bit, it will lead to better health outcomes. We want to build a healthy movement around good health and smiles. We want to make a billion people smile in 100 languages.
You have had a lot of varied careers (producer of short films, an attorney, co-founder of Tiny Docs), what was/was there a common thread?I’ve always had a lot of varied interests. My first job after college, I taught English at a bilingual elementary school in Spain. Then I went to law school, became a lawyer and got involved with filmmaking. In retrospect, I can’t tease out a common thread. I pursued things that I found interesting and intellectually stimulating at the time and I was able to connect the dots later.
How do you define self-acceptance?Self-acceptance is a profound knowledge or consciousness of self, knowing your superpowers and strengths. But also possessing the humility and strength to acknowledge your weaknesses.
What have your careers taught you about self-acceptance?My various jobs have helped me understand that the journey of self-acceptance is endless--a beautiful unfinished project. Every day is a new discovery of self.
What is some advice you have for someone who wants to start a business venture, but doesn’t know where to begin?After you have identified a problem that you want to solve, spend a lot of time talking to the community that you want to serve. By doing this, you’ll gain key insights about how to build a business that actually solves their problem. Next, find mentors who can help provide valuable business guidance and emotional support. Entrepreneurship is not for everyone. It is one of the hardest things that I have ever done in my life. Some days fluctuate between the poles of feeling like you are going conquer the world and abject failure. But, if it is for you, there is no greater thrill.