Welcome to BW Missions Newsletter 29
During a zoom call last week, I admitted something I hadn’t even realize how scared I’d been to share. I was on a call with my good friend Sangram Vajre, CMO at Terminus. We’ve developed a strong relationship over the past couple of years. I told him how reticent I’ve been to put out work on display for the world to see.
I’ve been scared to “sell” and share what we do outside of the people who refer us, which is how we’ve always grown our business. A couple things have held me back, like feeling our current website’s look and feel doesn’t match the caliber, expertise, or vision of the brand we’re building behind the scenes.
BW Missions has helped drive stories and build communities for WSJ best selling authors, executives and CEOs at publicly traded companies, and leading researchers on topics such as coronavirus. Along the way, we’ve received thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of reps while continuously refining our systems.
Keeping our end goal top of mind, we’re helping our clients achieve pathfinding in a tumultuous world. We’re helping them find belonging. We’re helping them spread their most important message.
BW Missions is, first and foremost, a team of incredibly ambitious people who thrive on learning and growth. Our team is remarkable at adapting and improving across every area.
Looking back, I realize how infrequently I’ve documented, let alone shared much of our journey of building this company, nor our work.
Our mission is leaving a ripple effect on the people we work with due to their mission.
Our work is reaching the community that they serve, and instilling lasting change within.
I haven’t made enough of an effort to showcase our work in a positive light and articulate how we’ve thrived. While it hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows, it’s been beautiful to watch this business grow. Overall, we’ve made more right decisions than wrong ones since launching in 2018.
On that call, Sangram said something that really moved me: “I thought of what I had as a gift and it was my job to share it with those I interacted with around me. I could either hide my gift, or share it with the world. When you share your gift, you’re helping people in return, even if there is a transaction involved.”
The gift is the human element, the transaction is the fuel that allows the human element to continue being given day-in and day-out.
The moral of this story? Give your gift, embrace what you do, and share it with others, unreservedly.
Tara Schuster: Newsletter 29 Featured Mission
Author, playwright, and accomplished entertainment executive Tara Schuster is the vice president of talent and development at Comedy Central. Some of her crowning achievements have been serving as the Executive in Charge of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Key & Peele, the Emmy Award winning Midnight, and currently Lights Out with David Spade.
Her plays have been performed in The New York International Fringe Festival. Her first published book, Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies: and Other Rituals to Fix Your Life from Someone Who has Been There, has gained immense critical acclaim, and you can find more of her writing online in Forbes and The New Yorker.
I first connected with Tara for her contribution to our resilience stories series. ICYMI, here are three key lessons she shared:
- Find a small opportunity around you that you can really own
- Commit to being the best at the worst
- Don’t worry about how far you have to go to achieve whatever you want — just take the very first step in the right direction!
It was such a pleasure and honor getting to interview her for our podcast. She is a true changemaker, and a breath of fresh air! I’m still thinking about so many of the profound stories she shared, and can’t wait for you to hear them yourself on Tara’s episode of The One Away Show!
Growth: Newsletter 29
What do you want to be written on your tombstone when your time on earth is over?
Recently, I’ve dedicated a significant amount of time and focus into alignment and intentionality. I poured my full self into a very powerful and somber mental exercise: the tombstone question.
Here are the answers I’ve been seeking:
- What will the lines on my tombstone read?
- What will people say at my funeral?
- What will be the most important achievements of my life when I’m tucked away under the soil?
- What legacy will I leave that can transcend my time on earth?
What legacy do you want to leave, and are you living a life that will create it?
I’ve done a lot of digging and internal work to get clear and honest with myself. I took myself to task by considering where the path following is leading me, and if it will create the fullfilment and meaning I crave in every aspect of your life. Learn how to figure this out for yourself by reading my latest article!
New Podcast Episodes
A Silicon Valley native and Founder of Blueprint Equity, Bobby Ocampo always knew he was destined for the tech space. He was raised by two intrepid tech entrepreneurs who inspired his passion for innovation, starting at a young age. Hear about his experience and learn his advice for young professionals in the latest episode of the One Away Show!
Jessica Carson: One Eating Disorder Recovery Away From Advocating for Self Care
Jessica Carson works at the intersection of technology and the human mind as the Director of Innovation at the American Psychological Association, as well as serving as the Expert in Residence at Georgetown University. Her formidable background ranges from neuroscience, psychology, and mindfulness to the VC and tech startup space. Her message in our interview is a beautiful one of empowerment, strength, resilience, and hope.
Opportunities: Newsletter 29
Summer Startup Experience for Students
Explain the Valley is a platform that connects engineering students to startups with paid, remote-friendly summer internships and full-time job opportunities. In the last two weeks, we connected with venture-backed companies in California and NYC actively hiring for summer 2020, and we have a beta for those on the job hunt.
Want to explore these exciting opportunities for yourself? Before applying to any roles on our platform, you’ll hear from folks on the job or those who have previously been on the job, so you can assess the fit with more confidence. This is a free resource for students. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the access code to our beta.
Opportunity to Be of Service for High-Achieving College Students
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high-achieving students. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership, and service opportunities, and gives out more than $1 million annually in scholarships, awards, and chapter funds. As a member, you’ll be part of a prestigious community with lifetime benefits. Click here to learn why an NSCS membership is truly worth it.
Resources: Newsletter 29
From Jeff Gothelf: Forever Employable
Jeff Gothelf’s latest book is one of my favorite recent reads. It’s all about people, and if you know me at all, I bet you can guess how deeply that resonates. Skilling up will always be important, but I love how Jeff elucidates the human power we have at our disposal.
Learn how to stay cognizant of how our connections can unlock the opportunities we truly crave – find Forever Employable: How to Stop Looking for Work and Let Your Next Job Find You and snag a copy for yourself on Amazon!
From Mark Green: Debunking Leadership Myths
In the latest installment of Mark Green’s Debunking Leadership Myths series, he takes on the three most predominant human fears:ego, scarcity, and failure. “..Fear is the root cause of almost everything we do – particularly as leaders.
Fortunately, we can overcome our fears and bring ourselves closer to the rational, even-keeled leaders we desire to be. To do that, though, we have to understand exactly what we are afraid of—and the implications of those fears.” Learn how by reading his LinkedIn Article!
Optimize Your Performance Across Every Aspect of Your Life
The team at BW Mission is hosting an event with sports performance coach, Neal Bowes, on building sustainable processes in your life on June 30, 12 p.m. EST If you’re not a part of our community already, please request to join here, and we’ll send you access and onboarding materials. This is a fully free opportunity that comes at zero cost to you!
Join this event on zoom here!
Take Part in the Legendary Life Retreat with Author Tommy Breedlove:
Joining Tommy Breedlove a retreat that will empower you through guidance, motivation, and tools to rediscover your brilliance, achieve meaning and true happiness in life.Gain the tools and skills to become the person you have always dreamed of being!
When & Where:
In Person Retreat: September 16th – 19th, 2020 at beautiful Serenbe just outside of Atlanta, GA
Accommodations and meals included. In person retreat is limited to 10 spots.
Virtual Retreat: July 9th – 11th, 2020
Contact me for more information, and I’ll put you in touch
“Consistency breeds credibility.”Tom Basson
One of the biggest things I admired about Allen Gannett during our work together was the consistency he applied across everything he did, day in and day out. There was no stopping what that man could achieve when he wanted to do something. Seeing how he executed on idea was a priceless learning experience.
I’d say the same thing about Rich Keller right now. He’s been one of the most consistent brand architecture machines I’ve ever worked with. His dedication to helping people articulate who they are, from their inner core, is a unique gift. It’s even more impressive to watch him build out this identity into a full-fledged brand.