I came across Trevor James Products after they left a comment on one of my Instagram pictures. Their cute, laid back and preppy t-shirts drew me in. I absolutely love the anchor on the back of each t-shirt and the designs are very unique. I was also pleasantly surprised that with every purchase, 10% of proceeds go to a charity called Waves for Water which helps provide clean water for impoverished areas. I think that was the primary reason why I decided to get involved with this company and become an ambassador.
Clean water is such a necessity to human life and for many like myself it is something that is a given in my life. I have been blessed with a life that provides me with not only the basics but much more. However, it’s hard not to think about the people who not only do not have clean water, but have to go to extended lengths to get water.
In today’s society, I feel like we’re constantly worrying about politics and international relations (which are very important, don’t get me wrong). However, when times are tough, we forget about the other important issues like malnutrition, clean water, child poverty..etc especially when these issues are not present in OUR daily lives.
I love that this company is able to bring awareness to the issue of clean water. I really admire the company and philosophy behind it. I think that Trevor James Products is not only supporting a great cause, but is an amazing business. I had the chance to get a few words from the founder, Trevor Oldham about his company, how he got started and why he started and this is what he had to say.
“When I was 18, ending my senior year of high school, I got fired from a local retail store. I realized in that moment that I no longer wanted to work for anyone else, but myself. It was hard at first, only having a few sales per month for almost the first 6 months. People were telling me to give up, but I wouldn’t. I continued on. In the early parts of the journey, I came across a website called Startup Camp. There I was introduced to the man by the name of Dale Partridge. He founded this company called Sevenly. They would donate a purchase of every sale to different charities. He treated his employees well. Even though I never met him, he became an icon in my eye. I decided I wanted to run a company like that. I also read the book start something that matters by the founder of toms, which also gave me inspiration and ideas. I decided to look up causes from around the world. I learned quickly that almost 1 billion people live without clean water. It’s an infinite resource, but not everyone has it. I decided to center my company around the charity. I put more emphasis on helping others than making money and my employees started to take notice. The sales began to grow and have been each month. It wasn’t without hard work and dedication. Over the course of my freshman year at college last year, I read 30 different books on business. I met the founder of Johnny Cupcakes, Johnny Earle. He has never drank and or done drugs. He is another one of my inspiration. I would be working on the company every Friday and Saturday night while everyone else was out partying. I’ve had to make sacrifices, but I couldn’t be any happier with how the company is shaping out. I can only see a bright future for what lies ahead.”
I admire his business approach and his determination. It’s hard to start your own business but at the end of the day, if it’s something you’re passionate about and you bring that forward into the way you run your business, you are on the right path towards success.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I want to do with my life. Such a big question, I know. I’m the exact same age as Trevor but I feel like I have yet to accomplish anything quite as big. I am passionate about so many things, but yet I don’t move forward with any of my ideas. There’s a fear of failure, confusion and lack of resources. I’ve been inspired and I am making it my one year short term goal to get my ideas rolling because as of right now, they are what they are…mere ideas and nothing else. No one can turn those ideas into reality except myself.
Until next time!