COVID-19 has been tough; it’s been tough for every business. But it also gave me the opportunity to re-strategise, to adapt and think bigger. We launched a virtual membership with a range of classes from Dance, Yoga, Martial Arts and HIIT with members signing up as if it were a Netflix fitness subscription. And then quite organically, the pivot happened, and we took it one step further. We felt like we had outgrown the business and needed to move out of the start-up mindset and into the stage of business development. I needed to work on the business, not in the business. Although the process was uncomfortable and frustrating at times, with a dose of courage you eventually come through the other side ready for the world to see the new, improved you. There were times where it felt really uncomfortable but having regular catch ups with my mentor and Maria, the Breakthrough Business Manager, who would check on my challenges, was such an important part of the support I received. If someone had told me in January that the business would develop this much, I wouldn’t have believed them.
The Breakthrough community has been really supportive, too; from the resources and materials, to the events, webinars and information which is shared on FUSE. We’ve cultivated our connections online, championing each other and staying in touch through LinkedIn and Whatsapp. Everyone has found their own experience of COVID-19 tough, but we’ve been loyal and there for each other throughout the mentoring journey and these supporting mindsets from the participants to my mentor have been integral.