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Anita Roddick On Starting the Body Shop

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by James Mills, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

How many of us have dreams to make a change in our lives, but find it’s never the right time for one reason or another? The late Dame Anita Roddick; founder of The Body Shop, started the first shop out of necessity to make a living, but ended up growing it into a business that is now present in over 60 countries. In this interview she explains how spotting opportunities and learning from fellow pioneers is far more important than it being the right ‘time’.

Anita developed the mindset to focus on the opportunities rather than the timing of launching The Body Shop. At a time when other issues were at the top of the global and political agenda, she developed a passion and interest for environmental conservation before it went mainstream.

Having a Hunger to Learn & Connect with People

As a result of travelling and speaking to people throughout the world, she saw the need to raise awareness of the environment, then actively built relationships with leaders in this area. She felt it was the right thing to do, rather than try to do what was popular - she followed her heart and had an insatiable hunger to learn. The more we actively seek to learn and create opportunities through connecting with the right people, the more likely we are to find those opportunities - rather than sitting back and waiting for things to happen.

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