Founder of Kokua Bottles, the new brand of insulated bottles working to bring an end to the global water crisis
Speaker 1: 00:19 All right everyone. Welcome back to the business blast podcast. I’m your host, Tyler Wagner, and today our guest is Tawni Schall. She’s the founder of Kokua Bottles, the new brand of insulated bottles that is working to bring an end to the global water crisis. So welcome to the show, Tawni.
Speaker 2: 00:37 Thank you so much, Tyler, I’m so glad to be here.
Speaker 1: 00:39 Of course. We’ll dive right into the first question. The first question that I have for you is, what’s the best story from your life that has an underlying valuable message?
Speaker 2: 00:48 Yeah, sure thing. I don’t have one particular story, but rather kind of my life story as a whole. I’m someone who wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. On the contrary, honestly, I grew up pretty poor and my family struggled financially pretty substantially. On top of that, I had lots of learning difficulties and was actually assigned to work with the special ed councilor back in middle school. On top of that, I failed nearly every class by ninth grade and for years after that in just in food service now, looking at all of that, those were not making it for someone that would turn out to be anybody, regardless of my disadvantages on multiple levels, I learned to push past the anxieties I dealt with and learning challenges that I had and I was able to push past those stigmas and opinions of others that basically told me I would never succeed. And here I am today 25 years old and I’m now the founder and CEO of an incredible brand that is out there trying to change lives throughout the world. Um, and I’m not stopping there. And the underlining message in all of that is it’s never too early and it’s never too late to get started. And no matter who you are or where you’re from, you have the option to go after your dreams.
Speaker 1: 02:11 And what’s the most valuable piece of information we should know that’s within your expertise or industry?
Speaker 2: 02:19 Yeah, so I’m in the realm of social entrepreneurship, since my water bottle company is giving 10 percent to water charities that we work with. Um, with that being said, in the world of social entrepreneurship, beyond having a phenomenal product, it really boils down to your why. Just like Simon Sinek, start with why. It is so critical to know that people aren’t buying what you’re selling. They’re are essentially buying why you’re selling it. Now my business advice would be this, know what your why is, make it known, and just don’t let go of that why.
Speaker 1: 03:00 And what’s your best piece of overall business advice and not necessarily like industry specific?
Speaker 2: 03:07 Yeah. I’d say this one goes across the board. It is open your mouth, open your mouth, open your mouth. I’m naturally if somewhat introverted person, so I’m not known to open up and talk to everyone about everything. However, I’ve found time and time again with my startup that you know, every time you open your mouth, something great comes from that. Incredible networking opportunities, incredible other opportunities are going to come your way. If you open your mouth and talk to people, let them know what you’re all about.
Speaker 1: 03:42 And if you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would that be?
Speaker 2: 03:48 Yeah, I would say don’t listen to other people’s opinions. You’ve got greatness within you. Go for your goals and don’t ever, ever give up.
Speaker 1: 03:58 And in your opinion, what’s the key to happiness?
Speaker 2: 04:04 In my opinion, the key to happiness is it boils down to changing your mindset. Mindset is everything. Just, by changing your mindset, to have a positive and forward-thinking one, you learn to make your life happy. We all hear the saying, “Happiness isn’t a destination, but it’s a journey,” and that is so very true.
Speaker 1: 04:22 And what’s the best book you’ve read and what was the number one thing you learned from it?
Speaker 2: 04:28 I would say my favorite book would be “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson. That book basically talks about the compound effect and how even the smallest things done continuously is compounded by time. And it ends up being something huge. And this could apply to anything in our life, whether it be health, habits, fitness, or finances, or even personal growth. You do the small things continuously and you’ll end up achieving something great.
Speaker 1: 04:55 And what’s your favorite quote and why?
Speaker 2: 04:59 Short and sweet it would be. “She believed she could, so she did.”
Speaker 1: 05:05 I love that. And I think that’s been on the show before. So thank you so much for coming on, Tawni. Last question I have for you is, where’s the best place for people to find you online?
Speaker 2: 05:17 Our website is simple. It’s mykokua.com. That’s k o, k u a and on good ol’ Instagram, Just @mykokua.
Speaker 1: 05:29 Perfect. Thanks again for coming on, Tawni. We really appreciate it.
Speaker 2: 05:33 Absolutely. Thank you so much for having me, Tyler.