This is my journey. Care to join me?
There is a lot in my story that would not predict success. I was born in Arkansas in fairly simple circumstances. In high school I graduated 250th of 259. I drove a truck and worked as a janitor. I did not obtain my college degree until my mid-thirties.
There were some significant turns in my river of life. At the age of 15 I had a near drowning accident. It helped me to realize how short life is, and how important it is to make an impact while we may.
I had an amazing corporate career as an executive with Fortune 500 companies with job titles such as Global Head of Learning & Development, Director of Global Talent Management and Vice President of Organization & Team Development.
In late 2013, I had a crisis of conscience and began to explore the role of business in doing good in the world. I learned about social entrepreneurs, benefit corporations and impact investing. In 2014 I left my corporate role and started a company that provides strategic planning and talent management. As I called on customers, I heard about the impact of the rapid rate of change and how every industry is undergoing disruption. The very characteristics that were advantages in the industrial era have become disadvantages in the connected economy. The asteroid has struck the earth and the dinosaurs are dying. It’s just that some of them don’t know it yet.
Eventually, I began to understand that there is no greater way to make a significant impact on the world than to be an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are reshaping the world, and social entrepreneurs are using the power of startups in order to take on the grand challenges of the world.
Starting companies is hard and complex. If we’re going to go through the arduous task of starting a company, shouldn’t we take on the biggest challenges we can find and have the greatest impact? That’s where social entrepreneurs come in.
Today I host the podcast, Social Entrepreneur.
If you want to hear a longer version of my story, you can see a video of an interview here: