What’s your story?
I come from violence; my father beat my mother on a regular basis. Eventually, I moved out and fulfilled my dream of becoming a dancer. I created my 1-woman show, “Home Sweet Home?”. I play different women being abused and then she goes to her good place, that’s where the dancing comes in but she is pulled back into the terror of being abused. The show ends very strong, empowering. Extensive research was done for the show and I couldn’t believe the alarming statistics. I decided to make this into a business and Osso Safe was born.
What excites you most about your industry?
The industry is a combination of education and technology. With this approach, clients can save lives and bottom lines. We absolutely cannot solve the magnitude of this problem by treating this as a charity, as a nonprofit. Victims neither need pity nor handouts. They need solutions, they need resolution. We focus on 3 markets: schools, workplaces, and residences. Our approach is indeed a practice and I am bridging the real estate industry with Osso Safe. This is very exciting to me because this will change the face of residency, where safety/nonviolence will become a standard condition of residency. Period.
What drives you in business to push beyond what other people consider normal?
There are so many kids that are abused, in so many ways. This is absolutely Unacceptable, Inexcusable. Furthermore, the “legal system” does what is in the worst interest of the abused child versus what is in the best interest of the abused child. Osso Safe short-circuits all of the red tape of the so-called “legal system”. No one should have to live with abuse, especially children. The only way to truly make a difference in people’s lives is to make this a paid service so that it actually gets resolved. This is good for business, good for residency.
What have been the most useful skills you have learnt and applied in your journey?
Documenting, Research, Persistence, Repeating what works; Ceasing what doesn’t, Holding the vision of Osso Safe on the forefront of my mind at all times.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
1 of my ballet teachers once told me, “Take what you need and discard the rest”. Her saying this taught me that people will say hurtful and non-hurtful things; it won’t always be 100% correct so take what you need from the advice and don’t dwell on what you don’t need.
Who inspires you?
My 9-year old niece, my long-time boyfriend, and everything having to do with dance, since it is dance that inspired the birth of Osso Safe.
What have you learnt recently that blew you away?
Considering how I grew up and what I went through, I realized that I am my own miracle.
If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I would have chosen to live in a safe family, a non-abusive environment.
How do you unwind?
I have been trying to incorporate meditation and conscious breathing in my everyday life. This is good for me and good for my business so that I practice what I preach, so to speak.
What is a major mindset change, belief shift or ‘ah ha’ moment that you’ve experienced in relation to your business?
I have to remember my own advice and that is, to be positive so that others will listen to you, follow you, believe you, and set the example for themselves in their own daily lives.
Everyone in business should read this book:
The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles
Shameless plug for your business:
Let’s get your properties Osso Safe© Certified. This will mitigate liability, maintain property reputation, your vacancy rates will drop, this will make for a more attractive lease and your tenants will feel safer than ever before.
How can people connect with you?
Social Media Links?
Website link… https://www.ossosafe.com/
TEDx Talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyAhN_xwCxs&feature=youtu.be