We had the good fortune of connecting with Landa Ampong and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Landa, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk to me is about releasing the power “fear” has over you and betting on Faith in the unknown.
In the Oxford dictionary, risk is defined as “a situation involving exposure to danger”. Another definition says it’s exposing something or someone of VALUE to danger, harm, or loss.
Meaning, you aren’t risking anything unless something valuable is being exposed to something dangerous or unpleasant.
Let me walk you through my journey of risk.
Anytime I contemplated taking a risk in my life and career, I’d make a list of the “pros” and “cons”. A consistent list I would make was: “should I move and take the “new job” or not?” I started to realize as I made this same list, that the “cons” list had a theme… FEAR.
Fear of failure. What if I’m not as qualified as I thought? What if I don’t perform the way they expected and they let me go within the probationary period?
Fear of being vulnerable. And if they do let me go within the probationary period? I won’t have a job! OR people at this new company are going to judge me because I’m so “young” for this position.
Fear of feeling uncomfortable. What if I miss my family too much? What if I don’t make friends?
Fear of not having security. How am I suppose to find an affordable place to live on my own? What if I don’t make enough?
Whatever it was, it always came down to FEAR. By taking a risk, I was placing the things I valued the most in a dangerous and unpleasant location… the unknown.
The question you’re probably asking is “how were you OKAY with that?”
Back to what I first said… betting on Faith in the unknown.
Yes, taking risks have ALWAYS been unpleasant, but the feeling of “danger” subsided and I began to feel a “peace” when choosing Faith over fear.
For me, even though I didn’t know how all the things I valued were going to be effected knowing that I was moving and making decisions in what God had planned for me (Fatih) was enough. I knew He had me and wouldn’t call me to a new city or new position and just damage me/everything I valued.
I also knew that if I wanted to get to where I wanted (in this case, a position within my career), I knew I had to take the risk on these positions.
This is the role that risk has played in my career:
By the time I was 22, I had gone through 8 training programs and traveled to 5 cities for work outside of my hometown.
By the time I was 26, I got my “dream” position, that I felt totally unqualified for. But by God’s Grace, He said I was qualified.
Then I took the biggest most UNCOMFORTABLE risk, and that was… quitting a decades worth of a career and pursuing full-time entrepreneurship to start our business.
Risk IS totally filled with fear, but if you mindfully decide to choose Faith over that… you WILL have experiences you’ve never had before and you will be exactly where you were meant to be!
If you don’t take a risk, you’re playing it safe. And you’ll be living in the “what if’s”.
This is my encouragement to you, take the risk in Faith! HONESTLY, what is the worse that could happen?
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’m the Co-Founder, along side my husband, Isley of our business: “God’s Lanes”.
We recently launched on September 12, 2021 and we’re SO excited to see God move in our customers lives! We are most proud about us winning first place for “Best Business Plan” through a program for entrepreneurs here on Maui, Hawai’i. All Glory to God!
At God’s Lanes we offer trendy Faith-based athleisure apparel to BOTH men and women. Our apparel has biblical scriptures on it versus’ just catchy sayings and a logo.
The name “God’s Lanes” comes from the Truth that God has a specific plan for every individual person’s life. Rather than making your own plans, God’s Lanes encourages our customers to “move with Him (God)”. This is inspired by our family’s personal encounters and experiences with God. Establishing God’s Lanes as a business and taking the steps to make it a reality is an example of that.
The idea of God’s Lanes was birthed to us in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a family, we developed a new habit of working out to support our mental, physical and spiritual health. When we were seeking athletic apparel that represented God heavily, we came up short. We could only find Christian apparel with brand logos or fabrics that were not durable enough for our workouts.
God revealed the need right there and then.
But… He reminded us that He isn’t a limiting God. He reminded us that when we move, we should do so with Him. And to bring Him with us in EVERYTHING we do, hence: ATHLEISURE apparel versus’ just athletic apparel.
The journey has been FAR from easy.
Jesus called me, Landa, to pivot into full-time entrepreneurship and pursue our business.
It didn’t make any logical sense, but based off of pure Faith and the desire to move in obedience, I resigned from my 9-5 job, concluding more than a decades worth of my corporate career.
The man of God’s Lanes, Isley, is the creative behind the men’s line. Isley keeps me propelling forward (towards Jesus), when the difficulties of the entrepreneurship journey hits.
Because we are still in the beginning phases, with A LOT to learn… we honestly, have “harder” days more frequently than “easy” days.
We call these… growing pains.
What’s been keeping us motivated to keep going is the understanding that the hardships WILL pass. This is temporary. God is working on building our roots strong and deep, to get ready for where He’s going to take our business.
We’ve learned a lot, but the biggest thing is: letting go of control and giving it back to God to handle. Additionally, focus on PROGRESSION over PERFECTION. Don’t spend so much time on trying to make everything “perfect”. This will just delay – you’ll either never put it out there, or once you do, it’ll be irrelevant. Test out content and products. Take note of what works and doesn’t work. Take risks in Faith 🙂
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The beauty of the island of Maui is that you get best of both worlds – that “city” feel and that pure “island/country” feel.
First we’d grab some poke (diced RAW fish, a Native Hawaiian cuisine) from Tamura’s, “Sunrise” is my favorite! Then pack it and everything else for the beach and BUM it.
Throughout the week we’d go on many adventures – hiking and sight seeing on all parts of the island.
For food, I’m a sucker for local mom-and-pops. There’s nothing like an untouched, homey, genuine restaurant/business and on top of that – supporting local businesses! Some of my favorite are: 808 Grindz Cafe and Nagasako in Lahaina. Four Sisters Bakery, Giannotto’s Pizza, Tasty Crust, TJ’s, in Wailuku. And Jack’s Inn in Kahului.
I will say, I think there’s a lot of HYPE around the Road to Hana, which yes – is extremely beautiful! But if you’re not one for long road trips, there are still manyyyyy other spots that match that beauty, such as: Honolua Bay and and La Perouse Bay.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost, the person who deserves ALL of the credit for all of my successes and where I’m at in life right now, is Jesus Christ.
I also thank Him for the people he has blessed me with in life – my unique family, my friends, my Pastor (Allen Haia) and church family (His Grace Ministries), previous superiors, and colleagues. Each have encouraged and helped shape me into who I am today.
Most recently Jesus has blessed me with a virtual community of Christian sisters called “The Flourish Collective”, under the leadership of our mentor, Michelle Ana. This community has been so SAFE for me, especially through this new journey of entrepreneurship.
We are not meant to go through life alone, so HUGE shout out to all of y’all. Love you so much.
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