Mon, 6 July 2015
Your Path will Emerge
Introducing Kyle Parsons
Looking toward the future, the paths our life takes doesn’t necessarily seem to be interconnected. However, with the right attitude and openness to new experience we can often look backward and see how our completely unrelated experiences have been linked to a present outcome. Call it serendipity, fate, happenstance, or destiny, we often find that indirect roads from point A to point B seem to come about
This is just like the story of Kyle Parsons and his company Indosole. This San Franciscan had previously interned at New Balance shoe company, worked in surf shops managing the sandals section, and had spent time working at a recycling plant in the east coast. Somewhat unrelated right? However, Kyle’s disjointed experiences seemed to gel during a family surf trip to Bali back in 2004 when he was on the hunt for a fresh pair of sandals.
Coming upon a local market, Kyle saw a really cool pair that was made by local artisans. The unique thing about these sandals was that the bottoms were made from recycled motorcycle tires. They weren’t the most comfortable, but they were stylish and cool, and upon further research Kyle found out that tire waste was a huge problem in Indonesia. His past experiences and a chance meeting got the gears grinding in his mind and he returned to Bali in 2006 with the plan to start his own footwear company that would aid the environment, help out the people of Indonesia, and make him some money.
Kyle has since grown his B-Corp from receiving suitcase loads of footwear to container loads and has the goal to repurpose a million tires and keep them from adding to landfills. Check out this episode of Boiling Point to be inspired by the positive impacts you can make using your past experiences and the right attitude.
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