Nothing grows in your Comfort Zone

Have you ever wondered why you can’t seem to move forward? You have a dream of owning your own business but somehow you let opportunity pass you by time and time again. Chances are that you are stuck in your comfort zone.

In theory, “Stepping out of your Comfort zone” sounds like a relatively easy thing to do. But the truth is that taking that next step does not guarantee you the success or the growth that you crave.

The reason for this is that between the comfort zone and the growth zone, there are two more zones that you need to conquer:

  1. The Fear Zone
    Fear is often the biggest reason for why people retreat back into their comfort zone. Although fear is a natural and essential part of growth, it is sometimes limiting. It can leave you uncomfortable and possibly discouraged. Overcoming that fear requires support and reassurance that you are headed in the right direction.
    That’s what Soapbox can do for you.
    If you start your own business as a Soapbox Franchisee, you can be assured that you will always have the backup of an experienced team. You can be assured that while you build your own confidence, you will have the confident support of a team with more than 12 years’ experience AND you will have access to a business coach with many years of experience.
  2. The Learning Zone
    Once you’ve moved past fear, you begin to enter the learning zone- which is the most progressive.  Acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to run your own business can be painful and costly. Learning by trial and error can result in costly mistakes. And often you just don’t know what you don’t know – you can’t find the answers because you don’t even know what the question is. We are here to make the learning zone a little easier for you.
    As a Soapbox franchisee you will receive intensive training in all aspects of running your business. After training, you will still have access to the accumulated knowledge of 12 years in the industry. Help is just a phone call away.

Being a Soapbox Franchisee puts you one step ahead of the rest. You’ll have a supportive team and the necessary resources behind you that’ll make stepping out of your comfort zone that much easier, with a lot less risk.

Environmentally responsible gifts are the gifts that keep on giving:

4gift ideas that wont harm the environment

Taking the conscious step to lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle reaps huge benefits not only for you, but for future generations as well.

22 April is Earth Day and we all have to do our bit for the environment. What many don’t realise is that there are small ways you can incorporate eco-conscious practices in your life that will make the biggest difference. A creative way you can do so is through your gift giving.

Below are gift ideas that will bring smiles to your loved ones’ faces while doing little to no harm to the environment.


Choose gifts made from renewable or recycled materials

Make sure the gift itself is fully recyclable and is made from renewable or recycled sources such as notebooks from recycled paper or items made from bamboo.


Don’t over-package – rather use re-usable packaging

Conventional wrapping paper contributes to dubious amounts of global waste. Furthermore, the amount of (fossil-fuel generated) energy and transport involved in producing gift-wrapping paper, not to mention the fact that paper is made from trees, makes it a total waste of valuable resources. The trick is in finding creative wrapping paper alternatives. Package gifts in re-usable shopper bags, bandanas or even a scarf, towels, blankets and baskets. Old newspaper, maps or art projects can be decorated and used for gift wrapping.


Give practical gifts for daily use and with lasting value

Gift your loved ones with things that they will use repeatedly instead of gifts that will be chucked into the bin after one use. Gifts such glass or metal water bottles, clothing items, mugs and quality pens and umbrellas, make for the perfect re-usable gift.


Give gifts that help the receiver to reduce their impact on the environment

Choosing gifts that encourage your loved ones to live a greener lifestyle make for the greatest gifts! The more people engage in eco-friendly practices, the better. Shop for gifts like solar-charged power-banks, and solar-powered lamps and torches.

Being environmentally conscious is not as hard as people make it out to be. You can incorporate it into the smallest activities and still make a significant change.

Soapbox has a wide variety of environmentally responsible gifts your friends and family will appreciate. Making those closest to you happy with gifts is now equally beneficial to the earth in which we live. Visit to shop our extensive range of ecological gifts.

7 Sad reasons why people give up on their dreams


Our childhood memories often involve the dreams we wanted to pursue as adults. In your youth the dream seemed achievable and within reach, and it probably is, but with age and life experiences comes a dwindling sense of hope and wonder. Fast forward to years later, you have most likely put that dream behind you and have opted for practicality and security over passion and purpose. While you have an undying desire to go after your dreams, there is always internal and external voices that leave you hesitant to follow through.

Below are seven reasons why people tend to give up on their dreams.

  1. They fear being judged by those they care about

Following your passion later on in life is sure to raise a lot of eyebrows from the people around you. They might find it irrational and even irresponsible to leave your stable job to pursue a lifelong dream. Sensing judgment and pushback from your loved ones for entering a new chapter in your life is sure to leave anyone feeling discouraged.

  1. They give others the power to influence their decisions

Most of our decisions are easily influenced by the people with whom we surround ourselves. Due to the fear of what people might say or think of you, we often make decisions that’ll make our loved ones more accepting and comfortable instead of making decisions that will make us truly happy.

  1. They fail once – and never try again

Failure is an inevitable part of life. As much as we try to avoid it, it still manages to pop up every once in a while, to make us better than before. Many people are left so discouraged, demotivated and even embarrassed by their failures that they choose to let the dream go all together.

  1. They don’t learn how to discipline themselves

Achieving your goals takes a lot of discipline and focus. If you aren’t disciplined throughout your journey of pursuing your dreams, you will easily get side-tracked, making you lose focus of what’s important.

  1. They would rather settle for short-term rewards

The journey to achieving your dreams is sometimes long and tiresome but a combination of consistent work and effort will yield mega results in the future. People are often looking for a quick buck and don’t have the patience to see the seeds of their hard work come to fruition. This leaves them frustrated and demotivated if they don’t see significant results within a short-term period leading them to give up.

  1. They refuse to be flexible and adjust

The journey to your dreams is a winding road full of sharp turns and obstacles. If you want to succeed, then you need to be able to adjust and be flexible to successfully navigate your way around challenges. People who aren’t willing to adopt this approach are less likely to succeed and more likely to give up.

  1. They fear going it alone and having no support

The possibility of not having your loved ones fully support you on your journey is sad and frightening. The pain of feeling alone and not knowing if you are on the right path is enough to push any one into giving up on their dreams.

When you become part of the Soapbox Franchise family you will never feel like you’re going it alone! Soapbox offers support on all fronts. They also give you a tried and tested business model increasing your chance of success, making the road to your dreams less daunting.