After more than 20 years as a dynamic executive for international employers and clients such as AB-Inbev, Coca Cola, Danone, etc., Y Quan decided to start her own business. She had the desire to create her own brand and products according to her vision and values. This is how GREENFINITY was born. Through this project, she wants to encourage more people to grow their own plants in order to reduce their impact on the environment while enjoying a healthier diet.
She encourages all women to realize their dream, to believe in themselves and not to be afraid. We are currently living in a special time with this pandemic but she has faith in herself, in others and also in the future. And be aware that you are not alone: many organizations can support you and guide you in your steps.
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Where did the idea for Greenfinity come from?
I am a working mother who loves to cook. But I love my 9-year-old son, Yanis, more than anything else.
During the lockdown in March 2020 I was finally able to return to one of my passions: gardening. Eager to consume more sustainably and tired of buying countless plastic pots of fresh herbs that never seemed to last long enough, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own cuttings. My home was quickly awash in glass jars full of basil, mint, and other cuttings growing just about everywhere.
Besides the satisfaction she got from seeing her own plants grow and cooking the products of my own green thumb, I was delighted to see my son take an interest in this new habit. Fascinated by the plants taking shape before his very eyes, Yanis became my perfect assistant, turning the experience into an invaluable moment of family sharing.
Ever on the lookout for improvements, I then started thinking about how to make the process simpler for my young son, more aesthetic, and more practical for daily life. I created a single receptacle for the parent plant and cuttings with a well-thought-out design to keep the cuttings in place and add a decorative accent to the home.
Greenfinity was born.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
A great satisfaction of being independent is being able to manage your time as you wish. Every morning, I dedicate myself to my family, I prepare my son’s lunch and the family’s breakfast. After that, I devote 30 minutes every morning to meditation with my tai-chi and to taking care of the plants in my house and garden. After these moments of family and relaxation, I start my working day with a lot of positive energy. I work between 8 and 10 hours a day, but without a fixed schedule, because I pick up my son from school and from time to time I do one to two hours of sport during the day. However, I can start working very early in the morning, or continue late at night.
How do you bring ideas to life?
The ideas come up most of the time while talking with friends or while meditating in the morning with my Tai Chi. And it is thanks to a book I received at my 40th birthday “side hustles” that I initiated my first concrete project. As I have worked for more than 15 years in a design and marketing company, I have created a lot of custom objects for other international clients, so creation does not scare me.
What’s one trend that excites you?
I love to invent and create new and unexpected objects. My dream is to launch a design project every year
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
Taking 30 minutes every morning for meditation and realize how lucky we are.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t be afraid, you are not alone. Dare to speak, ask questions to others and you’ll always find answers to any questions or challenge you might have
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
YES WE CAN !
Honestly, it is a difficult question as usually, I mention true things that people don’t always follow but agree it is true.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Never be afraid or stop by failure.
Failures make you stronger.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Dare to do things, don’t ask yourself too much questions, just GO when you feel it is the time to do things.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
Difficult to say as I am entrepreneur since less than 1 year and I don’t really have a failure yet.
But I have launched my own project “Kiddyarts” when I was employee. It was not a success but I’ve learned a lot from this first experience and use the Do and Don’t from that time to do it better now with Greenfinity.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
I have already 2 new business ideas in my head but I can’t share with you yet…Surprise for end 2021 🙂
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
I’ve just bought my ticket for the training the Keys of success in November as it is always great to meet some coaches and participants to be inspired and share our positive experience.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
It is a powerful tools who indicate me what ads are ROI driven & are worth to spend on.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
“Side Hustles” I have launched my first own project after reading this book.
It says that if you have an idea, you have to do it and it gives you some reasons and tips to make it.
What is your favorite quote?
YES WE CAN ! from Barack Obama
- YES WE CAN !
- Failure makes you stronger
- Dare to do things, you’re not alone
- Meditation is a plus in your life
Mario Schulzke is the Founder of ideamensch, which he started a decade ago to learn from entrepreneurs and give them a platform for their ideas.