how ordinary people do the impossible

 “The only difference between ordinary and extraordinary are the actions you decide to take.”

-Anonymous

Everyone starts out as ordinary.

They do the things everyone else seems to do.

But then at some point they decide that’s not enough. For whatever reason they decide they are going to take a stand and do things a little (or a lot) differently.

It is this decision that turns the ordinary into a living legend. 

Then they go to do the things that most people tell them are impossible – the things most only dream of.

And it’s that transition that embodies the work we do at Live Your Legend and the community we have all created here.

The amazing thing is that so many of you are those people. And it’s an honor to have you among us.

You make this community what it is, so it’s important that we highlight the amazing things you’re doing, and that’s exactly why I created the Living Legends Reader Spotlights.

Last month well over a hundred of you submitted your stories of what you’re doing to live your legends. I was inspired. To be honest, I was actually a little blown away.

So today the focus is on you.

Each month I will profile 10-15 of you and send your story out to our community of over 16,000.

The goal with these spotlights is simple:

  1. To promote your project and give our community a chance to get involved in what you’re doing
  2. To show us what’s possible and inspire us to do the things most only talk about
  3. To give our talented community the chance to offer help and support with the projects you’re working on
  4. And to show the world how badass you all are :)

So without further ado, here is our first installment of our community doing the things most people dream of.

Given that over 100 of us are getting together LIVE in San Francisco tonight, I could not think of a better time to show everyone off!

Nothing makes me more proud than sharing these stories with you. There is no bigger measure of success.

**My only request of you: These spotlights will only be powerful if we all offer our support. So please read the stories and if you think you could help with what one of us is building, please leave that in the comments below or join up with their movement!

10 Case Studies of Our Readers Doing the Impossible…

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1. Building a high school for molding female achievers in Kenya with a focus on life skills

Benard Didacus Opiyo uradi school

Living Legend: Benard Didacus Opiyo

Location: Uradi Village, Kenya-Siaya, Africa

Why and How Ben is Making an Impact:

The idea first came to me while talking with a close friend towards the end of 2008. We were discussing education trends in this remote village in Kenya. It was not pleasing, the poverty index is high, there is a high percentage of school dropouts and those who finish, only a minute fraction make it to the university.

The situation of girls is even more dire due to early pregnancies and some lingering cultural perception that it is not worth spending a lot of funds educating girls. Something had to be done. It took the audacious step of beginning a school to change the trend. Out of this talk and some hard work we founded Uradi Girls High School with the motto of Moulding Achievers. We established it in 2010 and already have 98 girls! The whole design of the school when completed should be able to house 360 girls. The work continues!

Our goal is to successfully keep the students in school no matter the challenges, and help them through university so that in 10-15 years time they are able to mentor others in this school and later be fruitful people in the business world, family and politics.

How you can help: 

  1. Help me connect with individuals who are passionate and experienced in coaching young students.
  2. Connect with institutions or schools who go beyond classwork and are serious about teaching life skills to the students.

Learn more here: Uradi Girls High School (Ben just launched his site and is working hard to fill in all the content. Create school first, then launch website. I think he’s got the order right :)).

Fun fact: Ben just raised over $14,000 at his local fundraiser two weeks ago – he needs $1.2m to build the full boarding school. He was also the winner of our $100 investment. Every bit counts – congrats. Oh and those are his students in the center of the picture above!

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2. The first virtual doctor’s office and health adviser specifically for entrepreneurs and business nomads

Cory Annis unorthodocLiving Legend: Cory Annis, M.D., P.A.

Location: Durham, North Carolina

Why and How Cory is Making an Impact:

Entrepreneurs are often too busy to see a doctor regularly. Then their healthcare becomes crisis-driven and their health information, scattered. Using mobile communication technology already available, Unorthodoc alters the four major barriers between entrepreneurs and their healthcare: time, space, overhead and information.

We create a single medical record that is available to our clients anywhere in the world. More importantly, we provide a stable relationship with one doctor who has time to really listen and help the client optimize their health in all areas. I want to make Unorthodoc the first “viral” doctor’s office (I love oxymorons)!

Unorthodoc also founded and supports The Mother’s Army, a community-based initiative to promote maternal/infant health in the developing world.

How you can help: 

  1. Join the community & take the Healthy Wealth Challenge.
  2. Help spread the word. Even if you don’t need Unorthodoc, you know a colleague, investor, or family member who does.

Learn more here: Unorthodoc Virtual Doctor’s Office

Fun fact: Cory is a Swing and Tango dancer who both leads and follows and she can teach anyone to partner dance. She also won the LYL free coaching package. Congrats!

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3. Inspiring 100,000 people to become organ donors

Justin Miller limitless 365Living Legend: Justin Miller

Location: Huntington Beach, California

Why and How Justin is Making an Impact: 

Last year I lost my cousin and a family friend to suicide related to depression. Both were organ donors and ended up saving lives due to their commitment to helping others even after they have left this world.  Knowing that they helped to save the lives of others is the only thing that gets my aunt and our family friend’s mother through the tough times.

Just yesterday it was the one year anniversary of my cousin’s death, and for him I am doing all I can to inspire 100,000 people to become organ donors. I am doing this through my business, Limitless 365, where I aim to inspire people to remove limitations they place upon themselves by building confidence, health, and wellness through proper nutrition and exercise. Exercise and nutrition is often considered more effective than Zoloft or another form of medication for depression!

How you can help: Become one of the 100,000!

Learn more here: Limitless 365

Fun fact: On August 1st he accidentally made the biggest decision of his life when he left his job to drive cross county from Virginia to California and head off for a trip around the world.

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4. Ditching corporate finance to promote adventure & launch a mountain biking tour company

Mark Baeder Mountain Bike San FranciscoLiving Legend: Mark Baeder

Location: Fairfax, California

Why and How Mark is Making an Impact:

For several years I knew that the corporate finance job I had wasn’t what I wanted to do with my life. I eventually got up the nerve to take a 3-month break to go on a riding adventure up in the mountains. I had really been into biking, but hadn’t seriously considered it as a profession. Through this community and the tools at Live Your Legend, I kept coming back to the things I loved, and eventually it clicked.

When I started sharing the sport with my friends and family, I realized how much I enjoyed watching someone learn a new technique, master a skill, or just have fun out on the trail. Seeing them have that Aha! moment is so rewarding. Not to mention all the interesting people I get to meet.

As a result I recently launched a mountain bike guiding and skills training business, Mountain Bike San Francisco!

How you can help: 

  1. Feedback on the newly launched website.
  2. Anyone have experience running an adventure tour company? I’d love to hear it.
  3. Come join us for a ride!

Learn more here: Mountain Bike San Francisco - he’s got some killer pictures and video worth checking out.

Fun fact: Mark did his first official mountain bike tour through his new company last weekend!

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5. Building a platform to teach teen moms the tools to create genuine success

Tiphani Montgomery knocked up now whatLiving Legend: Tiphani Montgomery

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Why and How Tiphani is Making an Impact:

My project is entitled Knocked Up, Now What? (KUNW). It’s all about self-reliance, real money wisdom, and motivation for young moms who want to beat the odds, prove everyone wrong and become a beacon of light in the world by living life on purpose.

We’re making an impact by teaching young mothers the fundamental principles of self-love, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. It’s only for the young moms who are serious about taking their lives — and their POWER — to the next level!

KUNW is meaningful to me because when I got knocked up at the age of 17, my dreams of the future were bigger than ever and I was so certain that I was going to rule the world. Until everyone around me told me that I couldn’t. I then became a bestselling author, seven times. Plus I want to show teen moms how to live on their own terms!

My goal is to raise $54k to help 1,000 young moms between the ages of 13-21 learn the fundamentals of self love and financial literacy through keynote speeches, panelists and creative workshops.

How you can help: I’m looking for donations of $10 or more to make this a reality.

Learn more here: Knocked Up, Now What?

Fun fact: When I was 12, they told me I was stupid — and prescribed ‘smart pills’ (aka, Ritalin) to wrestle my brain into a state of submission. I fed them to my Rottweiler. They worked like a charm. College dropout. Essence Magazine bestseller seven times, including #1!

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6. Bringing the Tom’s Shoes model to buying contraceptives and promoting safe sex around the world

Cory Capoccia ConConLiving Legend: Cory Capoccia

Location: Los Angeles, California

Why and How Cory is Making an Impact:

The primary catalyst was waking up one day after sitting behind a computer screen for five years and realizing that I didn’t feel that my day to day activities were helping to make a positive impact in the world.

So I created Conscious Contraceptives as a globally conscious organization delivering contraceptives directly to the consumer through the convenient and discreet online store at ConCon.org. Inspired by the “one for one” charity model established by Tom’s shoes (www.toms.com), a portion of every purchase from ConCon.org is contributed towards donating desperately needed contraceptives to underserved communities both domestically and in foreign countries.

In addition to the donations, ConCon.org partners with US-based and international organizations to promote ongoing sexual education to reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and the number of unplanned pregnancies throughout the world. Using the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good, we transform our customers into benefactors.

ConCon.org’s short term goal for success is to donate $100,000 worth of contraceptive donations as well as educational funding. Longer term; a global reduction in the number of sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies.

How you can help: 

  1. Simple – buy your condoms from us! Rather than shopping at a traditional for-profit brick and mortar retailer for any personal sexual health related items, instead discreetly shop at www.ConCon.org. Each purchase helps to advance global sexual health and safety. Do good while feeling good :).
  2. Know any organizations who might want to partner with us or help champion the cause? We’re all ears!

Learn more here: Conscious Contraceptives

Fun fact: Cory is currently somewhere in the middle of the U.S. living in an R.V. with his girlfriend, while they travel and explore the country.

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7. Moved to Japan to become a ninja and encourage others to pursue dreams

Izzy-Arkin 30 year old ninjaLiving Legend: Izzy Arkin

Location: Kyoto, Japan

Why and How Izzy is Making an Impact:

Three years ago I was in a job I hated. I was overwhelmed, stressed out, and depressed. To make it worse, everyone thought I was “doing great”.

I looked great on paper, was moving up the ladder, and was doing everything I thought I was supposed to do. But I was dying inside. I know how hard it is to stop following someone else’s path. I know what it takes to pursue a dream, because I am doing it.

I quit my job in America. I moved to Japan. And I am now pursuing my childhood dream: to become a ninja!

I am using my pursuit of a dream as a vehicle to encourage, inspire and educate others to follow their dreams. I write about it at my site: The 30 Year Old Ninja.

Over the next 1.5 years I want to directly impact 1,000 lives. These are measured via clients coached (via email and skype), clients enrolled in an online course I am developing, and email exchanges where clients directly state “you have changed my life”.

How you can help: I want to share my story with as many people as possible for one simple reason: I want people to realize that “if this dude can quit his job and pursue a dream, why can’t I?”

Learn more here: The 30 Year Old Ninja

Fun fact: I love Microsoft Excel and Power Bars. I hate mayo with a passion and I really want to break a brick with my fist.

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8. Recovering lawyer helping other miserable lawyers find a more meaningful career

casey berman leave law behindLiving Legend: Casey Berman

Location: San Francisco, CA

Why and How Casey is Making an Impact:

I left law behind in 2004. I left my in-house counsel job and jumped into entrepreneurship, founding and running a small clothing company and my current consulting practice. In 2009, I was asked by the career services office at the law school of my alma mater, UC Hastings, to come speak at an event about “alternative legal careers”. I expected maybe 5 people to be there. 55 showed up! It was a great discussion, and I spoke with many afterwards. Many asked me what I could do to help them. I realized that there was a like-minded community out there and I had the experience, skills, passion and interest in helping them.

So I created Leave Law Behind as a blog and community that encourages, motivates and guides attorneys who are unsatisfied with their practice of the law. LLB works with them to break free from the insecurities, fears and roadblocks that many lawyers have, and to create the lifestyle, profession and career that they enjoy and is in alignment with their skills and strengths.

How you can help: If you’re an unhappy attorney or know one, please speak up! I’d love to help.

Learn more here: Leave Law Behind

Fun fact: Casey and his wife Lillian also have founded Kid Friendly San Francisco, a local site that provides San Francisco parents and caregivers with a practical, low-cost to no-cost guide of “kid friendly” activities and places to go with your children in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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9. Writing an inspirational cookbook to feature the stories of chefs & artists from around the world

Melissa Rachel Black The Eat TeamLiving Legend: Melissa Rachel Black

Location: Berlin, Germany & Los Angeles, California (but a lot of other places too)

Why and How Melissa is Making an Impact:

I’m traveling around the world writing an inspirational cookbook called The Eat Team. Together with my friend and fellow graphic designer, Hannah Rowbotham, we interview artists, chefs, and other creatives in each place we go to share their stories, inspire readers to live out their own dreams, expose talent, learn about food, and create a community around these amazing people.

We’re collecting their favorite recipes to share with friends, families and readers for the cookbook, and the real magic that lies behind them is the stories that go along with them. In the past 5 months, we’ve been to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and now we’re in New Zealand. Everywhere we go, people are just as excited about this as we are, and I think we fuel each other to keep chipping away at these dreams.

We didn’t want to just travel. We literally asked ourselves, “what would our dream project be”? This was it.

How you can help: 

  1. Get involved! Spread the word and please let us know who we might want to interview. Join our Kickstarter when it goes live.
  2. Know any like-minded sponsors who’d like to be a part of the story? Five months on the road has kept us on a really tight budget, but we really want to continue meeting and interviewing people in the U.S. for 3 months after we finish New Zealand in September. Bringing a print book to life isn’t cheap!

Learn more here: The Eat Team

Fun fact: I spent over a year recreating classic works of art out of gummi bears and continue to make handmade gangster-rap greeting cards for a living.

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10. Hitchhiking 22,000 miles to help introverts find confidence & come alive

Benjamin Jenks Adventure SauceLiving Legend: Benjamin Jenks

Location: Farmville, Virginia

Why and How Benjamin is Making an Impact:

I’ve hitchhiked over 22,000 miles around the USA. I made a mini-viral video about it. I love people,  and I want to help young, thoughtful adults take BOLD MASSIVE BADASSICAL action, so they can be as wise & alive as possible.

Our culture rewards extroversion and dominance… and a lot of brilliant shy people never overcome the wall to share their unique message with our world. The wisdom of these people is the key to saving our world right now. There is so much brilliance locked up in unconfident, introverted people.

I was a super shy guy and it has been a huge challenge to create the life that I want. But I did it and I see a huge window for how other thoughtful people can create a life that makes them feel alive and helps us save our world.

I already did survive hitchhiking around the USA for a year (and more now), and I will continue traveling around the world, making personal films about everyday people, and coaching shy people on how to spread their message. I want to start by helping 100 shy people succeed.

How you can help: Please point shy people my way! If you know any good communities for introverts where I could offer help, I’m all ears!

Learn more here: Adventure Sauce – Badass Actions for Thoughtful People

Fun fact: Ben gets most of his inspiration while inside of cars around the U.S. chatting with Tantric Buddhist Priests, Cajun crane operators, polyamorous families, recovering alcoholics, and more.

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Thank you all for doing what you do.

It’s an honor to have you a part of what we’re building. I mean that.

And for the rest of you, I hope they make you want to do something crazy.

What impact could you be making?

I can’t wait to feature more of you next month.

Also, if you need a little additional help, you might want to check out our Live Off Your Passion career course. It was built specifically to get us all thinking bigger and to begin putting ideas to genuine action. So far it’s helped a lot of people (including a number of the living legends above). Might be worth a look.

Here’s to stepping up our game and making life interesting!

-Scott

For the comments: Please let us know how you could help or support the people above. You can do more than you realize. Let’s do our part! Tell us in the comments.

Have you submitted your story yet? Fill out the Living Legends Reader Spotlight form to get a chance to be featured in one of our upcoming articles.

 


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75 Responses to “10 Surprising Case Studies of Ordinary People Doing the Impossible (LYL Reader Spotlight Launches Today!)”

  1. Izzy says:

    Scott,
    Wow this list is crazy powerful. I feel so humbled to be put in this list with such amazing people.

    I’m just blown away man. This is such an inspiring group of people. I will sit down this week (using your Tony Robbins planning method) and really identify which of these I can contribute more to.

    This is straight up bad a$$ man. I think a lot of people want to give more to the world but they don’t know where to start. This post, is going to help some people know where they can start.

    • Scott says:

      That is exactly the point of these Reader Spotlights Izzy and you are a huge part of that! Thank you.

      I continue to be blown away by the caliper of our community. There are a lot more of these profiles to come too. I have nearly a year’s worth just in the past few weeks of submissions!

  2. Wowzers. What an inspiring and motivated bunch of folks! Cory Annis and the mission of Unorthodoc resonated with me the most. Perhaps it’s because I aspire to have a lifestyle similar to the people that are patients of Unorthodoc.

    I signed up to her newsletter and will be encouraging others to participate in The Healthy Wealth Challenge. I don’t feel like I personally need to at this point, but I know a number of people who should.

    Thanks for bringing more awareness to all these awesome folks Scott!

    • Scott says:

      Cory’s work is pretty damn important indeed Joel. Thanks for offering up the support. Can’t wait to see you in the spotlight!

  3. Justin says:

    Truely amazed by the people on this list Scott and I thank you greatly for including me. This was a nice swift kick in the pants step up my game and launch “the ultimate recycling” project soon.

    With gratitude,

    justin

  4. Scott,

    Thanks for featuring an African here. I so much appreciate it and to see people like you talking good thing about we Africans (I’m a Nigerian).

    Nice list and it makes me want to work more and earn more and i can sit down in the beach one day and earn fucking more!

    Sheyi

    • Scott says:

      Ha ha- glad we could motivate Sheyi! Ben’s story is pretty amazing. I’ve learned a lot about what he’s done in Kenya over the past years. Something we all may aspire to.

  5. Carmelo says:

    People are amazing .. capable of doing amazing things. The truth is we are so much more capable than we give ourselves credit for.

    I used to be a DIY homebuilding coach/mentor. Imagine, designing and building your own home from scratch without any experience whatsoever. Yet, people did it all the time.

    These folks you’ve listed here are just the tip of the iceberg as you know, Scott. Love to see this! Can’t wait for you to find and “display” more of them!

  6. Casey says:

    Hi Scott

    I’m humbled to be included in this list. Thank you.

    Casey

  7. Hey Scott. I love what you are doing. Just to let you know I’ve forwarded this to the NFTE organization in Dallas. (National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship) They help underprivileged kids in inner cities learn business planning in a year long competition. The org will share this post with program teachers help inspire the kids to follow their passion as demonstrated here.
    ……and as a side note, I’ll take my 15 yr old son to SF to do the mountain bike experience. How awesome is that?!

    • Scott says:

      That is amazing Patricia- both on NFTE and the mountain bike front! Thanks for doing your part. And for getting in on some adventure. Mark will love to host you!

  8. Jo says:

    Wow. I just love how everyone has such different passions and beliefs. That’s partly why I want to help young people to live on purpose because, by doing that, rather than furthering just one good cause, I will indirectly contribute to all of their passions and projects.

    So many of these projects resonated with me. If any of the legends running them would like any free proofreading help, feel free to get in touch with me by clicking on my picture. I’m pretty busy at the moment but I will see what I can do. Best of luck!

  9. Ben OPIYO says:

    Hi Scott,

    What am amazing arrays of people and stories of what they are doing! Cannot wait to read those in the pipeline! Am amazed and deeply humbled that our dream of uradi school got a strong recognition here! We are going wild here in the village! I salute Cory, Justin, Mark, Tiphani, Capoccia, Izzy, Casey, Melissa and Benjamin! You are amazing. I will follow closely each of your amazing ventures. There’s much to learn and inspire. We have also been given a big boost. We must succeed and we will succeed. Why? Because we belong to this wonderful community. You are all legends! Thank yoi Scott!

    • Scott says:

      You said it perfectly Ben – all legends indeed. All it takes is doing your part to make your unique impact. You are doing that in a HUGE way! I hope we can connect live in person one of these days soon. Maybe I’ll have to do some travels out your way. Congrats again on such a noble and important cause!

      We must succeed because we are a part of this community…

      That’s what I’m talking about!

  10. Wow – every body here is so inspirational and driven. I especially love what Ben & Tiphani are doing to educate young women. I think educating women is the key to addressing a lot of trending global issues, including sustainability! I am an organ donor and I’ve clearly states my wishes to family members and put it in writing. I’ll also be sure to visit Concon.org

  11. Jamie says:

    Reading articles such as this is such an inspirational kick up the backside. I love the idea of doing something that helps others and improves their lives.

    One day I can only hope to be included on a list such as this.

  12. Toni South says:

    Wow Scott, what a great job of pulling together a diverse group of inspiration! I will take some time to check out each of the sites further and I think this spotlight is a fantastic way to unify your community. I’m on the path to be considered for this one day possibly next year once I have the success story under my belt so this segment is super interesting for me. All the stories resonate with me for different reasons. I love seeing NC represented twice and Tiphani’s cause speaks to me because my site is focused on single moms so I will be reaching out to her specifically. Thanks for the awesome inspiring stories!
    Toni

    • Scott says:

      It means so much to hear you say this Toni- that is exactly why we are putting the focus on all of you. You are this community. And the great thing is that you don’t have to have already done it. It can be something you just started. All you have to do is share it with us and then we can figure out how to show it off to everyone else!

  13. Magu Bee says:

    Hi Scott,

    Thanks for starting this initiative and being the platform the above mentioned people need to get more recognition and exposure! I can only hope it will push them further and help them achieve even more than they already have.

    And as for you guys – everyone from the list, the whole rest that didn’t make the cut this time, and all those who have yet to share how they’re living their legends – keep on being awsome!

    • Scott says:

      Thanks Magu. It was so hard to choose and I wish I could have profiled more than 10 at once but I think 3k words is about the limit for a blog post that people will actually read :). Many many more to come!

  14. Carlos Guerra says:

    All inspiring stories. It would be REALLY helpful is you also included hot these people financed their endeavors. It looks like there is much money behind these people.

    • Scott says:

      Great point. I know that most of them were self funded and bootstrapped- you’d be surprised how little money is required these days to start something that matters! I will ask this question in the future though.

    • Daniel says:

      That’s the question I kept asking. I’ve got such a mountain of debt from college, from trying to pursue what I love to do. Now that mountain of debt is keeping me from pursuing it because I can’t even afford to feed myself on a regular basis.

      How about some articles about how to pursue your dreams despite mountains of crippling debt.

      • Angela says:

        Daniel,
        College debt is a challenge! I didn’t come from a family with money and had to put myself through college too. Paying it off is a marathon, not a race. A few things to consider based on my own experience:
        1. Negotiate a payment schedule you can afford.
        2. Identify and learn from those who have pursued what you dream of.
        3. Find those who’ve followed their dreams without money to back them up. I’ve started my 2 most recent ventures without any financing. It helps to be around people who have or are doing the same.
        4. Re-examine your own cost of/standard of living. Though it sounds like you are truly struggling here so it is likely you have done this and still coming up short financially. But if you haven’t, consider it. I’ve spent time in developing countries and at times lived without any personal address. My version of “standard of living” is different than many. I am blessed to live comfortably now, but that hasn’t always been so.
        5. Earn a living while crafting how to earn money following your dream. It’s hard, but worth it.
        I’m sure others here can add much morre.

  15. Iris says:

    Congratulations to all of you Living Legends. Truly inspiring!

    To Benard Didacus Opiyo:

    GREAT work! Absolutely amazing, it’s stunning to see how you are changing Africa and the world.

    I’m not sure how this will be helpful, but I think you might like http://entheos.com/ especially the classes on Optimal Living 101. Maybe you can learn how to do virtual classes from them or just see what they think is missing in today’s school systems. Hope it helps :)

    To Justin Miller:
    Maybe you already know this, but I thought I’d share it anyways. In Austria they have a law that states that everyone who does not refuse to be an organ donor on paper automatically becomes an organ donor after their death. I think that’s brilliant! If you hate donating your organs because of personal or spiritual reasons and would never want to do it, just sign a paper that says that you won’t do it. If you don’t care, you’re automatically going to save lives. How amazing is that?
    I live in Germany and we’ve been debating to adopt that law as well, but somehow our politicians think it’s not fair to make everyone a donor if they maybe possibly with a slight chance wouldn’t want to be one (which isn’t a problem. Just sign that paper…).

    I don’t know how becoming an organ donor works in the US, but in Germany you just have to sign a small paper card that you can put into your wallet. I’ve seen people give these away in lectures at colleges and it worked really well. The guy just asked “How many of you wouldn’t mind to be an organ donor?” and as a lot of us raised our hands. He followed up with “How many of you have an organ donor card?”. It was two people… The effect was that everybody wanted to stay true to their word and become an organ donor immediately as he gave out the cards. :)
    I also think that college students are really open to new ideas and helping people in general, so maybe that’s a place where you can promote your ideas :)

  16. Vineet says:

    Thanks for sharing this Scott, such inspiring stories.
    There’s a hero lurking inside all of us, and we let the circumstances keep our glory hidden, and find it so easy to blame them.
    Your list validates that it is not the circumstances, it is always the person, and the will and the grit.
    And these are regular folks, doing irregular stuff. We all could see some of us in all of them.
    Thanks again.

  17. Angela says:

    Hi Scott, Here are some ideas on how I thought I could support those you featured here.

    Ben: Our health & hygiene project may be able to assist with hygiene materials and education to help keep the girls he is working with in school. Some of our research was done in Kenya and Uganda and we have connections there that may be able to help facilitate for us. He can check out http://www.mahilapartnership.org

    Cory: I know lots of entrepreneurs and will definitely spread the word. I also would love to hear more about her maternal health work as we are expanding our hygiene kits to support the needs of Moms and babies after disasters.

    Justin: I’ll spread the word. Given my work in healthcare, I cannot stress how important his work is.

    Mark: I anticipate spending a bunch of time in San Fran next year. So I’ll definitely be a client! :) Also, I’d like to connect him to a friend through GLP who just moved there and may also be a great connection for him.

    Tiphani: My financial guru, Lili and I just spoke last week about offering some webinars or workshops to women. Part of this courseware will be done through Mahila as we we work with microenterprises to produce the products for our hygiene kits anyway to teach women in developing countries about financial literacy and running a successful business. In any case we are thinking about this with the broader application to sharing this information with women (and this case, girls) about financial literacy. This would be through my non-profit so when we are ready to do this, there would be no costs to Tiphani.

    Cory: Would be interested in buying condoms from him for our hygiene kits.

    Izzy: A family member of mine plans to move to Japan after graduation in 2 years. Her second language is Japanese. Who knows? Not sure I can help except to say, I love what he is doing and will share it with her.

    Casey: I know of at least one lawyer to share his blog with! :)
    Melissa: We are a foodie family. So she should add me to her mailing lists for sure. I’ll definitely support her kickstarter campaign.

    Benjamin: Someone very special to me is an introvert and yes, he is brilliant. Really. I am not biased, he is. (For example: Nominated and selected as top 25 in his field. Nobody really knows this because he doesn’t want the exposure…at least until it is published) Anyway, will definitely share with him.

    Amazing list of people. Angela

  18. Scott, thank you so much for including me in this list! What an absolute honor to share the spotlight with such inspiring folks.

    Looking forward to meeting up with you and the rest of the community you’re building in SF. Wish I could have been at your event last week, but am still in New Zealand. But The Eat Team journey leads us to California this month :)

    Really enjoy the new steps you’re taking to build the community, looking forward to what’s to come.

    Warmest,
    Melissa

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