Meet Avery, Social Impactor
Name: Avery Konda
Home base: Barrie, Ontario
Meet Avery, social entrepreneur, podcast host, and impact investor. Avery is a strong believer in social entrepreneurship, and has invested in more than 10 ventures; all of which have a triple bottom line for positive social impact. We’re excited to have Avery as our first Connector in Barrie, which you might not know is Canada’s 2nd fastest growing city and 2nd most entrepreneurial city in Ontario! Want to learn about individuals making a positive social impact in their community? Check out Avery’s podcast, The Social Impactors!
What do you love about working with LOI?
I love being able to be connected to such like minded, entrepreneurial individuals who are working to build capacity in the world. In the entrepreneurial field, it can start to feel isolated and lonely, as you are building something from the ground up; but LOI brings together these brilliant minds to share with the rest of the world. What many don’t realize, what I didn't realize, is that LOI was bringing together young entrepreneurs to help each other have the confidence and motivation to share their stories.
Got any passions? What is your life goal and how will you reach it?
My passion is to be an outlet, conduit for positive social change in the world. In everything that I do, I work to create positive social change, and empower individuals to see that they can become champions of positive social change too. I want to teach my life goals through public speaking, through building my businesses, and through helping friends make their dreams come to realized action(s).
Have you ever had a side hustle and what was it?
I have had a few side hustles! My favorite side hustle has been a recent one, because I am connecting with others and spreading their messages. I am a connector, and a people person at a core of my being, and through my podcast The Social Impactors, I am able to connect with others on a very human level, while also providing teachable moments/lessons for listeners to learn from. It is amazing!!
The best advice you could give to a young entrepreneur is to…
BE PATIENT. I am horrible at this, and so I should listen to my own advice. But it is true, be patient and realize that when you are at points in your life where you feel that you aren’t ‘progressing’, you are really building capacity for your next level of success (whatever that success may look like). Being patient during the mundane means that you will listen to warnings, listen to teachers, while also enjoying the wins, and learning from the losses. It also means you’ll recover more from some devastating losses/failures. When you are patient, the failure will hurt less, because you will consciously realize that it is only a part of the process to your dream, and it is a teachable lesson for others.
What are you reading/watching/listening to right now?
I’m currently reading The Happiness Project by Neil Pasricha- and loving it!! As for watching, I have to admit I’ve been watching New Girl with my girlfriend- and loving every second of it too. And I am not much of a listener, I prefer the reading medium- I currently also read The Morning Brew, which keeps me informed with a TON of entrepreneurial related topics, and can kickstart my brain in the morning.
What does success mean to you?
Success for me is being able to bring positive social change into the world; that has always been a core of who I am. But recently, I’ve developed an innate desire to build holistic success. That is, to be happy while also building professional success, to build capacity with my girlfriend, while also working long nights. If you build a strong priority list, success can become holistic in nature.
Anecdote you want to share?
My favorite anecdote always comes back to a simple quote, and one that can have a profound impact on self reflection and remaining guided on your path: “Remember why you started.” This can be important when you feel the need to pivot your dream when it becomes laced in fear of the unknown, or when it becomes tougher than you realized. Remembering why you started, can keep you grounded, help you whether the hardest storms in life, and can keep you in a positive mental state through your journey.