It was fascinating learning about all of Aisha Addo’s accomplishments.
She founded the Power to Girls Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides young girls the mentors and role models that were absent during her own youth.
Aisha also founded, DriveHER, a ride-sharing service in the GTA that provides safe and comfortable transportation for women by women.
DriveHER is not only disrupting a male dominated taxi industry where men account for 85.1% of drivers, but this ride-sharing service is also committed to improving the community by giving back to local women-focused charities and organizations.
Please enjoy 10 Questions with Aisha Addo.
1. In the beginning, what motivated you to become an entrepreneur?
My need to see change is always a driving force for me. From a very early age, the things around me propelled me to think of solutions and ways to make things better. I am a solutions-based person so I always see entrepreneurship like that.
If there is an issue then there must be a solution and if it’s not already out there, then you have to invent one and make it happen. That’s what pushed me into entrepreneurship and also the fun and flexibility of paving my own way. That’s always exciting.
2. What problem are you solving?
3. What’s the biggest thing you struggle with as an entrepreneur?
One of my biggest struggles as an entrepreneur is enjoying the process and being patient and celebrating the little wins.
We live in a very competitive society and from a business standpoint, we always want to be first to enter. But at times the journey is not really about the destination but the roads you take to get there. One of my struggles is accepting and running with that.
There are times when you want and need things to be the way you have it mapped out in your head but it’s not unfolding the way you want it to. So you become frustrated and impatient with the process.
I am still learning to enjoy the process and to celebrate the little wins because you appreciate the end result much more when you are present for the journey.
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” —Earl Nightingale
4. What does a typical day consist of?
Because I have more than one hustle my day is always full of excitement and little surprises here and there.
Depending on what day of the week it is, I have workshops for my girl’s group, then team meetings to ensure we are all on the same page. I also spend some time on the phone communicating with clients, drivers and sometimes parents.
There is never a dull day in Aisha’s world. You just have to be prepared for the ride.
5. What do you love to do at night?
Reflect on my day and if I got through everything I had planned. When that is done, I Netflix and chill.
On busy days I sometimes bring work home but I try not to do that often and to reserve my nights for self-care.
6. How do you dress to exude confidence?
Confidence is not relative to how you dress or how you look. A person can be in rags and still exude confidence because they are confident and comfortable within themselves.
I dress according to my mood, to be honest. But my confidence is within me so I can make anything look and feel good as long as I chose it then it’s my confidence dress.
7. Yoga, strength training, cardio or all three?
8. How does your culture/background influence your work?
Coming from an African background and culture my relationship to work is both empowering and discouraging at times. But the encouraging aspect is knowing that I am equipped to handle anything life brings my way and that life in itself is full of surprises.
My culture and background is the foundation that I build my empire on, so you can imagine how much it impacts and influences me.
My dad always told me, “Never forget your roots Aisha; never forget where you come from.” That is what has been carrying me ever since.
9. What do you consider to be a life well lived?
When your talent bowl is empty and your heart is at peace. Knowing that you did all that you could, took all the chances and risks life brought your way and you are void of everything that you could offer this world and the people in it. That to me is a life well lived.
10. If you could write your own obituary, what would the tagline say?
She did the things that made her heart beat slower and faster at the same time. She died empty; making all her talents and visions plain for the next generation to run with. She had a life well lived and her scars became her message.