So much goodness in this wide-ranging conversation with Angela Hook from Stunt Puppy. If you’re new to the Outdoor Biz or have a great idea you want to turn into a brand this is a must-listen episode. Angela brings it big time!
First Exposure to the Outdoors
Growing up in New Zealand, you really only have two choices. You have to embrace it or you have to just kind of become a recluse because you literally cannot avoid the outdoors within New Zealand, which is where I come from. But it’s a different kind of doors, it’s right on your doorstep. Like literally, even our big cities are kind of in the wilderness. There’s just nobody there. We all grew up, being out and about and climbing trees. Well that was how I grew up in New Zealand and I think maybe romantically it’s still like that. So it was pretty unavoidable that we would have an affinity with simply being outside.
Things we talked about
I think adaptable is probably the ket, but that goes across absolutely anything. You need to be kind of open to the things that will go wrong, that will teach you how to do it right. And I’m not very good at not being in control like I’m very type-A kind of personality. I think that stands you in a really good stage for developing a career anywhere because it will give you drive and it will give you determination. But to develop your type B, which has that openness, adaptability. Collaborate, you know, you don’t have to do it all yourself. Ask for help because there are so many people who will help you. And the outdoor industry is a very, well my experience of it, has been a very generous industry with its advice. So be open, be collaborative, ask for help.
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