Hope Roosa, motivated

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 10:30am

Motivation comes from within. It cannot be taught. There are no short cuts. What’s compelling about motivation is where it begins — there must be a spark — and where it can take you. When I meet motivated people, I look for the spark and invariably it is clearly explained by the person because it is imprinted in their mind.

Block Island’s Hope Roosa is a very motivated young lady. She has a winning smile and carries herself with a casual worldliness for a 19-year-old. Furthermore, Hope is the owner of Block Island Babysitters LLC, and is a bright, assertive, and adaptive individual who knows what she wants.

For Hope Roosa, the spark that set her off on her life’s business journey started with frogs.

“Frogs were my favorite animal. As my frogs grew, I needed a bigger tank so I started walking dogs to earn money so I could buy a bigger tank.” This was the genesis of her life’s deal. It was a simple experience of causality — walk dogs, get paid, and buy a bigger tank. Simple stuff; good stuff. This early experience led Hope to a much more complex business model in regards to her babysitting business. However, the key ingredients for both models were: show up, be responsible, and see the job to its completion.

There is a statistic generated by corporate studies that involves interviews. When a person is applying for a job, they have seven seconds that will determine whether the interviewer will even bother with listening to what the applicant has to say. It’s a small window of opportunity and can be a deal breaker. When I first met Hope at the docks, she had missed the ferry. What struck me immediately was that she moved right to an alternate plan in order to get to the island so she could go to work. I asked her what her kind of work she did and she told me of her babysitting service. We talked a bit more about things like incurring debt for a college education and other practical topics. Hope gave me her card and then took off for Westerly to hop on a plane. I meet hundreds of people at the ferry docks and this kid got my attention. I thought of Hope babysitting my grandkid? Walking my dog? Running my company? Without question, I would hire her. She comported herself in a likeable, personable and professional manner.

Hope has been babysitting kids on Block Island for six years. Her hands-on experience has brought her to a place of trust among her clients. She has a high expectation for herself and the people she hires. “When hiring sitters, it is important that they love kids, have great ethics and be caring and nurturing,” says Hope, “they must also be in the moment and love what they do — no clock watching.” In addition to these qualities Hope requires her sitters to have CPR and First Aid Certifications. Hope knows that she is only as a good as her last job and the buck stops with her. In addition to her boots on the ground work ethic Hope has mastered the use of the internet to book babysitting dates and to also decide what will be a good fit for her sitters and her clients’ children.

Hope has diversified her service by renting accoutrements that families may need for their kids but may not want to schlep to Block Island for their, ahem, vacation. Things like jogger strollers, bassinets, cribs, high chairs, booster seats, wagons, Radio Flyer scooters, baby gates, bottle warmers, umbrella strollers, boogie boards, and she even has a white noise machine — for kids that like that might like that kind of thing. Hope has adapted her service to meet her clients’ needs and she constantly looks to better her business.

In addition to her baby-sitting business, Hope took on the challenge of provisioning a week’s worth of supplies for a sailboat during Race Week on Block Island. She went to the mainland and shopped for twelve adult male sailors who would be ravenous after a day of racing a sailboat. She had to create a menu and supply the demand for that menu. Moreover, she knew that it would be better to over-supply rather than not have enough. “I could barely close the doors on my car,” she said. Also, she hired two of her friends to do the cooking and clean-up detail.

So, where does this ambitious young lady see herself in five years — we want to know, right? “I see myself being happy and having a more successful business than I have now,” she said, “I’m always working on bettering myself and expanding my horizons. I enjoy keeping my mind active, always focusing on a goal and working full speed to attain it!”

I’ll bet my nickels Hope will succeed — motivation is within her.