Miles Dittmar is the young entrepreneur serving you the inspiration you need to change the world and yourself for the better, one smile at a time.
Beaten Path Co is a growing community of people of all ages who do not conform to society's idea of "the norm." Miles Dittmar, the founder and soul behind this incredible brand, is teaching others how to minimize their environmental impact and face each day with a smile. His "Be the Change" campaign focuses on giving 100% of profits to a new organization every month. Beaten Path Co. uses eco-friendly clothing and manufacturers to support their mission of caring for the planet and creating a better tomorrow.
What have you learned about starting a business as a young person? What did you wish you'd known?
Wow, where do I start? From ages 19-22 I've learned more than I ever thought I would because of owning my own company. Among the business skills I've learned, such as running effective ad campaigns, learning how to trademark a company, writing good copy, filing business taxes, and more, I've also learned a lot of personal growth skills that have led me to be the person I am today. Patience, persistence, the ability to not judge myself, and really pushing past the limits I thought I had set for myself.
I'm all about the process and drive so there's not too many things that come to mind about what I wish I knew when I had first started the company.
However, It did take a couple of years for me to realize how important it is to expand my professional circle. Overtime, I joined in-person clubs, social media groups, and reached out to the pros that are in the field I need help with. Networking is key in business and in your personal life.
What is something more people should care about?
More people need to understand perspective. So many people that I've grown up around are quick to judge others without realizing that that other person has lived an entire different life than them. Poverty, depression, disabilities, bad environments, poor parenting, insecurity, and more, all exist in the eyes in front of you. Even though I'm very aware of not judging others, I'm still trying to improve upon this every day.
Nobody is perfect, but understanding others perspectives and being able to empathize with them is an important ingredient in creating a better you.