Meet Liam. His entrepreneurial journey started at 14.
14 years old: “I got a candle idea”
16 years old: “My candle startup is going to give back”
We have an example of a kid who is purpose-driven.
He saw a need and went full blast on it.
His dad and his family created an environment for him to thrive.
Still, the kid is able to get on and play the game.
The real big message is: JUST DO IT.
He started when he was fourteen!
If he can do it, why can’t you?
70-80% of the profits go to a charity of your choice.
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Tobi Skovron: Congratulations, man. We need more people like him in this world, we really do and congratulations, dad. You must’ve led by example because this kid looks up to someone.
Michael Foldi: He had an attitude of, “It’s got to be the perfect candle”, and that’s contributed to the success, so.
Tobi Skovron: So we have Liam Foldi here, guys, with an awesome story. What I love about the organisation is the give. So candles is the vehicle, but the purpose and the meaning behind it all?
Liam Foldi: Yeah, so it’s all about pretty much … The idea is all about helping people in need and really the idea is to be able to take money people are already spending on gifts and candles and use that expense to raise money. People are already spending that money on gifts and we can raise money through that expense.
Liam Foldi: I started … It was about two years ago now, so I was 14 at the time and it was … Yeah so coming up on 15, about the age to get a job. That was sort of the first sort of motivation to do something. And I came up with this idea of candles, which really started with … These candles are really expensive, this high end sort of scented candles.
Tobi Skovron: Yeah because they smell awesome.
Liam Foldi: Yeah. My mom uses them and aunties and friends’ moms. My first thought was that “Surely I could make a candle that works better” because lots of the time they don’t burn to the outside and there’s all these problems with them. So that was where it started. Anyone can make a candle, but it’s really about adding something different. And that’s where the social enterprise comes in.
Liam Foldi: So we’d donate, I think it’s about 70, 80% of our profit to different charities, dozens of different charities around Melbourne and other places that help people in need.
Tobi Skovron: I love it, and dad, you must be very proud?
Michael Foldi: Very proud.
Tobi Skovron: I’m actually sitting here going, “He’s 14 when he started.”
Michael Foldi: 14 yeah.
Tobi Skovron: Only a couple of years ago.
Michael Foldi: About eight months.
Liam Foldi: Yeah, 16 now.
Tobi Skovron: Jesus Christ. So where does it come from? Are you leading by example in your house?
Michael Foldi: I would like to think that we definitely do lead by example. We’re a very, you mean sort of family and where you do a lot of charity work?
Tobi Skovron: Yeah.
Michael Foldi: I think at some point that must’ve influenced Liam but he’s done the whole thing by himself I’ve just, little things around the edges. He’s been incredible in how he’s put this together.
Tobi Skovron: What we have here is a kid that has a vision clearly being led by his father as an example that has gone out and created to try make a positive impact on this world.
That gives me goosebumps but to the people that are watching from an entrepreneurial business standpoint, you were 14 when you started it and some change, couple of years later you are now 16 and built like Shaq, but if he can do it, why can’t you? You know what I mean? It’s, it’s really powerful.
Tobi Skovron: A lot of people reach out to me going, “Oh, I want to learn about this, that and”, but just get on with the game. Just work it out. Get on Alibaba in this example, download, buy waxes and try and figure out the best product to create for the people and “just do it” I think is the real big message.
Tobi Skovron: I’m going to link all of the website details in this vlog so that you can actually go out and actually make a purchase yourself. I’m going to buy this. I’m going to take this home to my wife and look like a hero. Congratulations, man.
Liam Foldi: Yeah, thank you.
Tobi Skovron: We need more people like him this world, we really do. And congratulations dad, you must’ve led by example. I’m 39 next week.
Speaker 4: You want to stand up as well while?
Tobi Skovron: Yeah. I’m 39 and Shaq over here is 16?
Liam Foldi: Yes.
Tobi Skovron: Wow.