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How Do You Pick Your Partner?

WELCOME TO BW MISSIONS


My friends and I flew to Las Vegas, spur of the moment, when I did the unthinkable. I popped the question.

However this time, it wasn’t about getting down on one knee. Nor did it involve a photographer with happy tears.

Actually, I wasn’t even in Las Vegas at all. 

I did make an offer though for a professional marriage (one I always hoped to establish as I didn’t want to ever build this company alone).

Carson Morell accepted, and that wasn’t the only action he took – a few weeks prior he dropped out of college doubling down on making this vision a reality not just for himself but the others we impact along the way both internally at a team level and externally with the clients we serve with our different products.

So, what did I learn during this process, and why should you care?


First, I want to thank those that were instrumental in helping me think through this process.
 

  • Jacob Garlick
  • Austin Rief, Alex Lieberman, & Tyler Denk
  • Max Friedman
  • Katelin Kennedy
  • Allen Gannett 
  • Mark Green

Learnings:

  1. Together, are you both aligned on the long term vision and willing to give 110%? Meaning, why get into a partnership if the other person is 80% committed and can’t see what you see?
     
  2. Do you share similar values on a core level? And can you see yourself spending many years with this person?
     
  3. Do they make you feel heard, valued, and appreciated? 
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I couldn’t be happier to have someone to build out this vision to help others belong with. He matches my intensity and speed, aligns with my values, compliments my weaknesses, and fills in my gaps.

Featured Mission

I was on a train to NYC [pre-pandemic] and I saw this woman and her husband at this table. I was in a talkative mood, so I struck up a conversation. She was in the venture space, former Director of Finance at Tory Burch, and had a strategic mind. I did my best to speak “finance” with her, which I clearly could have used some more domain expertise in, yet still somehow befriended her.

Anyhow, Amanda Jogia was her name, and is someone who has had more impact on our business than she realizes. After the train ride, we spoke, and she helped Carson and myself do financial modeling for 3 years out. This modeling forced us to think about product lines, roles and hires, and more.

Moral of the story: Befriend anyone and everyone.

Growth

THE ONLY PERSON YOU HAVE TO PROVE IS YOU 


It’s sometimes through the process of achieving for the wrong reasons where you learn to start achieving for the right reasons — achieving in a way that feels aligned for you.

Whatever is aligned for your path requires acceptance from no one but yourself. Check out our recent article here!

GOOD DESIGN IS EVERYTHING

We live in a world that’s become increasingly fueled by visual media. The rise of social media has completely transformed how we consume and understand the content. A great photo, an excellent thumbnail, or an engaging visual can turn an average piece of content into a viral phenomenon. 


And this is why, more than ever, it’s critical for your brand to have powerful and cohesive graphic design. 

Thinking critically about the graphic design behind your brand and exactly how it represents your organization’s values is a necessary part of brand architecture. 


Check out our recent article here!

The One Away Podcast

DANIEL DIPPOLD: ONE MOMENT OF PERSONAL INTROSPECTION AWAY FROM INTELLECTUAL PING-PONG


In this era of competitiveness and innovation yielding feats driven by intelligence and creativity, the feeling of enjoyment can be lost along the process.

While some may think that progress and growth is the key metric of success in the world, Daniel Dippold argues that it may not be the only thing that matters.

Hear more about the importance of enjoyment on “The One Away Show” featuring TedX Speaker, President of the Kairos Society, and creator of Emoti, Ewor, and Unlimitx, Daniel Dippold.


Listen here!


MARSHALL MOSHER: ONE UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP AWAY FROM SINGULARITY UNIVERSITY


College can be an important turning point in people’s lives. Students grow into responsible adults, deciding on what career path they want to pursue in the following years. But, for people like Marshall, it may not be as easy.

Check out “The One Away Show” with Vestigo CEO and Founder Marshall Mosher to hear more about his journey into entrepreneurship.

Listen here!

Listen to us on: Apple Podcasts //  Spotify // Google Play // Stitcher


If you liked any of these podcasts, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts!

Resources

THREE WAYS TO INCREASE EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

“The future of work is entirely anyone’s guess and how long this new normal is going to last is uncertain.”

In normal times it’s difficult to know how to best lead a team. And for 2020, it’s even more difficult. This article by Sean McDermott discusses the impact of remote work and how to increase employee engagement through intentionality, consistent communication, and personal engagement.

Read the full article here!

HOW TO LEVERAGE EMPATHETIC COMMUNICATION TO BUILD POWERFUL RELATIONSHIPS

“When you start using empathetic communication, you unlock the ability to build powerful relationships”

Ben Bradbury realized the secret to building powerful relationships was communicating empathetically. He gives a 5 step process on empathetic communication and how it’s any savvy leader’s secret weapon

Learn the 5 steps of empathetic communication here

MAKING EDUCATION EQUITABLE AND ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL


Chris Martin is committed to a brighter future for DC’s youngest residents. He’s running for DC SBOE At-Large to make education equitable and accessible for all.

Learn more about Chris’ work by visiting here!

Living outside of the lines society and those close to you have drawn frees up opportunity for growth. Leading by example, Carson is taking the atypical path, but one that is right for him. By drawing and redefining his own lines, Carson is carving a path to enormous successes and learning. 

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