Let go. I read that one of the ways entrepreneurs can fail is by having a lack of ability to let go and delegate responsibilities. That has always resonated so strongly with me. There was a time that I was running the entire business on my own. I did every single job because that was what needed to be done. As we grew, I had to be cognizant of my time and honoring the incredible capable people I worked with to be able to do their work.
As part of my series about “individuals and organizations making an important social impact”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Hindi Zeidman. Hindi uses her knowledge of being a foster parent combined with her education to provide a platform for practitioners and parents to connect. It is her vision to see every single little one have an opportunity to flourish. Hindi was a Clinical Social Worker, with a specialty in infant mental health. She provided therapy and services for children and their families before founding The Ollie World. She first became immersed in the world of drug and trauma exposed infants in 2007 while working for the County of San Bernardino. She helped to establish SART locations throughout the county to address this specific demographic from the ages of 0 to 5.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
My father ran his own business, so I saw a lot growing up and “business owner” was never a pathway I intended on walking down. It wasn’t until I was a single foster parent raising an infant that things changed for me.
I was taking care of an amazing infant, named Oliver, who was struggling with the basics of just eating and sleeping. I knew the benefits and importance of swaddling, so I purchased every swaddle on the market, but nothing worked for him. The swaddles available didn’t properly contain him, he overheated, and they didn’t provide the right amount of pressure on his…