How old were you when you started and where did your idea come from?
Ever since I was 6 years old, I’ve always wanted to become a heart doctor when I grew up. While researching about the heart, I found out that 2000 people died daily due to heart disease, the #1 cause of death in the United States. I didn’t want to wait until I was a doctor to help people, so I established Happy Heart Advices on February 14, 2014, when I was 8 years old.
What was the biggest mistake you made and what did you learn from it?
The biggest mistake I’ve ever made was not practicing for an opportunity to do an interview that would’ve given me more exposure for my business. I had an interview for a company who was going to list me in an ad and pay me for it. I would’ve loved the experience but unfortunately, I never practiced for the interview questions and wasn’t prepared for it so I did horrible and didn’t get accepted. I learned that it's important to be ready so you don’t have to get ready.
What are your future plans for the business?
I’ve set a goal to reduce childhood obesity in half by the year 2031, by God’s grace. To accomplish this, my team and I have been developing concepts and strategies for HHA while building relationships with local schools in California. We established The Happy Heart Seasonal Challenge which directly targets childhood obesity and get kids up and active while having fun in the process. We already have 3 local schools in Sacramento that’s on board and is ready to do the challenge. I’m also in a process of developing an app which makes access to healthy food more convenient for many people. The app would show people, visually, if the food is healthy or not (Happy Heart Approved). Finally, we have a goal to Launch a YouTube series called the HHA Obesity Challenge YouTube channel. During this show, I would “adopt” an obese family who would do the Happy Heart Challenge with me. I would examine their daily life and guide them on a path to a healthier life.
Any advice for other girls starting a business?
To girls starting their business, don’t ever give up. It may seem slow at the start, but I promise you, stick to your dreams and it will be worthwhile. Also, start your business based off of what you're interested in. If you’ve started a company but someone forced you into a subject you don’t like the company would most likely fail in a year or two. You constantly have to talk about your business, but if it's not your favorite topic, you would come across fake and people wouldn’t believe you.