I think my last two posts have led readers to think I'm on some kind of billionaire quest to traipse and lounge in Club Meds around the world. God, that is so 1999. Having barely survived a near-bankrupcy and the dot-com debacle, and several years of deep contemplation on my hands, I have a quite different agenda.
However, I don't diss other people for wanting to be wealthy. Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, for instance, is a great philantropist. But contrary to popular notions, you DO NOT need to wait until you clear your first mil to give back.
Business skills are important no matter what your mission is. I worked with a lot of female small business owners and single moms when I lived in Salt Lake - far too many of them struggled to pay the rent, clothe their children, and often they'd end up closing up shop.
No, business skills don't trump heart, empathy, and love. And yet I've seen too many worthwhile projects get shuttered for lack of business savvy - whether that be with scale, leverage, or missing the story that compels volunteers and donations to come forth right under their noses.
Perhaps next week I'll come clean with more of my personal story and what's going on lately. You can also check out the newer bio (not complete) at my About page.