Yas is a Director and Founder of the award-winning circular economy enterprise, the World’s Biggest Garage Sale (WBGS). An entrepreneur of impact and a circular economy pioneer in Australia, Yas recently closed a multimillion-dollar equity capital raise to expand nationally, with Officeworks as a key investor and shareholder.
Yas shared her story of how the World’s Biggest Garage Sale came to be, how she navigated obstacles in creating the company, and how she transitioned it from a charity to a social enterprise catching the attention of big organisations. She also discussed when to push forward with confidence or when to hold back on an idea.
If there is anything to take away from this interview, it is BRAVE – Being Raw, Authentic, & Vulnerable Everyday.
Yas is thrilled to work with partners and investors to bring the next phase of growth, through expansion of reuse, repair, resource recovery and recommerce initiatives, and see her Circonomy vision come to life.
In this episode we cover:
What it is like to build an enterprise from the ground up
How to wear all the hats when starting a new business.
If your idea is too early, take time to refine it
Don’t apologise for being yourself
Turning speakers’ words into actionable quotes
We think we’re at our limit before we actually hit it
Creating a venture in a space you don’t fit into
Early entry into an industry
Holding back on a business idea
Strategies to engage outside of your circle
Expanding a business – designing solutions for scalability
Slowing down to speed up
Separating yourself from your business
BRAVE – Being raw, authentic, and vulnerable every day
Put yourself out there, get out of your comfort zone
Say yes, and trust yourself
Comparison is the thief of joy
Do you have any quotes or key takeaways to share?
"I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done." – Lucille Ball
Just do it, and regret it, and it doesn’t matter because failing does not mean you are a failure. And don’t ever try to look like someone else’s picture.
And if I leave with a quote that is easy to remember: Comparison is the thief of joy. Don’t compare yourself to anybody but yourself, and even then, don’t compare today’s self with what you might have been 10 years ago because today’s a different you, you’re renewed every day.
“I’m not sorry for my persona, my personality, my essence, my authenticity, and I’m not going to change that.” Yasmin Grigaliunas, CEO and Co-founder of The World’s Biggest Garage Sale
“You can’t rely on anybody to believe in you other than yourself first.” Yasmin Grigaliunas, CEO and Co-founder of The World’s Biggest Garage Sale
“You know more than you think you do.” Yasmin Grigaliunas, CEO and Co-founder of The World’s Biggest Garage Sale
“Failing does not mean you are a failure.” Yasmin Grigaliunas, CEO and Co-founder of The World’s Biggest Garage Sale
“Don’t ever try to look like someone else’s picture.” Yasmin Grigaliunas, CEO and Co-founder of The World’s Biggest Garage Sale