A Wizard of an Idea
Inspiration comes and goes in a poof! Destiny plays it’s part in the production of our future, bringing us in contact with those who will feed us that one singular word or thought that we must evolve to into a meaningful aspect of our work or life.
Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love, speaks to friends of what their personal word is. It is a thought provoking scene. We are so surrounded by millions of words every day , yet there is that one person or persons who can deliver that special word. They are clearly messengers of destiny .
A member of my advisory council suggested I meet a friend who was a visionary and entrepreneur. I have always believed that there is value in connectivity, that serendipitous moment when you know you are right where you are supposed to be, and so I arranged to meet him. It was September 2010. I had spent my summer immersed in research on non profits in education, college completion rates, both locally and nationally, funding opportunities and government/political support. This was yet another piece on my yellow brick road that I needed to complete to becoming a social entrepreneur.
I didn’t know much about JKS other than he had a connection to the Hear The Music Project at Starbucks and had written a leadership book that I didn’t have time to order from Amazon. We met at a Starbucks, I was slightly late, he only had 30 minutes and so we dove right in. I ran through the progression, to date, of the YBR Project and without missing a beat, JKS looked at me, grabbed my note pad and drew two circles, connecting them with arrows. I knew from his mannerisms and looks that his mind processed very quickly and ideas were flickering in his eyes. While he didn’t elaborate on his background or how the Hear the Music project came to be, he spoke of his newest project, based on the book he had written. ” A Leader Becomes A Leader, inspirational stories of leadership for a new generation.” This was his “non profit” venture. It was his passion and he was in the process of bringing it to life in the digital media world. He pointed to the two circles on the page and said, “you need to create a feeder model, a ‘for profit’ organization that will feed your “non profit” YBR Project in college completion. You need to become “sustainable”. I had my word.
The remaining part of our meeting was akin to being a computer processor as he rattled off wonderful suggestions from blog writing to online educational content, webinars etc. I found his energy so engaging that I asked him to join our advisory council. Reluctantly he was unable, due to the workload of his new project, BUT he did offer to stay connected via email if I should need to reach out. I was most honored.
We concluded our meeting and I again apologized for not having read his book previously. He smiled and said that he had brought one for me, personally signed. I again felt an amazing amount of gratitude. I returned to my car and opened the cover to read the most inspiring inscription;
“Dear L, Thanks for being a powerful inspiration and leader. Good luck on the Yellow Brick Road!, Warm Regards, K.
His book sits in my office in clear view of me each day and my word is “Sustainable”.
Thank you for letting us share our journey and may all your dreams come true on your yellow brick road.
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