So, I may not be going out to outer space, and I’m no Richard Branson (not yet at least ;), but I’m on a mission none the less.

The world is full of problems, and instead of complaining or being ignorantly blind, there are a couple problems I’m trying to get to the bottom of. Also, although I’m see tons of potential in the applications of technology, I’m not a fan of tech for the sake of tech. Tech for me is a medium to solve human problems.

So without any further ado, here’s my mission broken down into 3 parts:

  1. Access… I was born and raised in a upper-middle class family, but surrounded myself with friends through the whole spectrum of socio-economic status. What I realized was contrary to stereotypes, intellect is inherent in all, but due to lack off access, socialization often ends up funneling that intellect to nefarious activities. Think about it, what do you define as cool or worth aspiring towards — For me it’s being the CEO of a rapidly growing internet company with a social mission to make the world a better place! On the other hand, I have friends who aspired to cash out slanging herb, get rich in finance and sacrifice progress for profit. With that being said, the aspirations of all are sculpted by their peers and idols, so by creating an ecosystem of access that allows others to aspire to nobler causes beyond the ones immediately surrounding them, human kind can achieve much greater feats.
  2. Passion Passion Passion. At the end of the day, our measure of wellbeing should not be GDP, or unemployment rates, it should be happiness. It’s a privilege to think of work beyond wages. In the startup scene I’m surrounded by tons of passionate individuals tackling problems they care about. Whereas I also have friends drudging work but it’s the only way to put food on the table. Passion is the key to unlocking society’s hidden potential.
  3. Let’s flatten this damn pyramid.

How I make this happen you ask?

To be continued…

Life is a journey, and by nature, humans are social creatures who want to help (maybe not so much in NYC jk)… Think about yourself, if your friend needs a hand with something that isn’t too tedious, chances are you’d probably be willing to help. Now, what happens when you want to transcend your peers or you want to rise the ranks as they say. For example, you’re a person that loves music and you find out your friend’s cousin produces at a studio. I’m willing to bet that your friend would be more than willing to set you up and put you in touch with that person. GRINDING. You helped your friend help their friend, ultimately helping both friends!

Networking success #1: be real about the value you have to add and you’d be surprised who’s going to be willing to help you supply that value where it is demanded.

So you did it, you built off of a relationship of someone in your personal network. You helped them help somebody… and lets be blunt about it, everybody likes to help in one way or another.

Now you landed an internship all thanks to your friend and your friend’s friend… Next step is to continue the trend you started. You used your network of friends and built off of it. But please don’t let the rise to the top stop. Now you must keep doing so and your network will multiply exponentially. You add value through your internship and are real about what you’re passionately trying to accomplish; now your friend’s friend that you’re working for will put you on to their friend. This is THE RISE. 

Networking Success #2: Everybody is nurtured and shaped by their peers; those who transcend beyond their peers and develop relationships with those who are at one point “higher than them”, never stop rising… aka WORK YOUR WAY FROM THE GROUND UP THROUGH OTHERS BY ADDING VALUE TO THE PEOPLE THAT CAN ADD VALUE TO YOU!

1. Have I made certain that those I love feel loved?

2. Have I done something today that improved the world?

3. Have I conditioned my body to be more strong flexible and resilient?

4. Have I reviewed and honed my plans for the future?

5. Have I acted in private with the same integrity I exhibit in public?

6. Have I avoided unkind words and deeds?

7. Have I accomplished something worthwhile?

8. Have I helped someone less fortunate?

9. Have I collected some wonderful memories?

10. Have I felt grateful for the incredible gift of being alive?

Thank You Very Much Geoffrey James