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When the Wells Don’t Run Dry

Welcome to BW Missions

In my first business, I exhausted myself by constantly turning over every stone to see if there were more opportunities to pursue or problems to solve. I spent so much time turning over every stone, double-checking, and triple-checking that there was nothing underneath. It can be hard to know when to listen to your intuition to keep turning over rocks versus trusting that there’s nothing left to find. 

I’m an optimist, but I’ve nervously anticipated the moment at BW Missions when I waste time drilling wells and searching for opportunities just to come up empty. It hasn’t happened. In fact, the opposite has: Every well we’ve drilled has been full. When we return to double-check that there’s nothing left, it’s full once again. What do I mean?

BW Missions started off as a company to help build platforms and communities for entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and successful people navigating their Act II. When we hit our stride doing this, we started to think about becoming a company that provided more than just social media services. 

We expanded into the Pathfinding business and it thrived. So we added a branding division. That boomed, too. Next, we built an audio and video component. Now we’re in the early stages of establishing new business divisions to serve thought leaders every step of their journey.

The journey of learning and exploring isn’t over. It never will be. There will always be more to discover. The further we go, the more we realize how much more we need to drill.

Featured Mission: Mary Smith

Mary Smith is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Washington, D.C., who helps individuals and couples struggling with relationships, transitions, anxiety, and depression. She works with couples experiencing issues with communication, loss of trust, and unhealthy patterns. Outside of her office, she’s using social media to bring mental health to the forefront of the conversation by discussing mental health in an approachable and honest way. 

She earned her BA in Psychology from Meredith College, an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University, and a license in the District of Columbia for Professional Counseling. She studied at the Washington School of Psychiatry in the Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy program and is a member of the American Counseling Association.

New Podcast Episodes

Calvin Newport: One Comedian’s Quote Away from Becoming a Bestselling Author

Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. In addition to researching cutting­ edge technology, he also writes about the impact of these innovations on our culture. Cal is a New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including A World Without EmailDigital Minimalism, and Deep Work.

Cal’s work has been published in over 35 languages and has been featured in many major publications, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, Washington Post, and Economist. He regularly writes articles on these topics for various outlets, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, and his long-running blog Study Hacks. He also discusses these topics in detail on his top-ranked Deep Questions podcast.

Listen here!

Charlie Paparelli: One Breakfast Away From Dropping Everything

Charlie is an angel investor who has helped entrepreneurs achieve their dream of starting and building their own companies for over 20 years. His track record is impressive; he is a co-founder to 12 start-ups, an angel investor in 23 start-ups, a mentor to 10 founders, and the founder of Angel Lounge in Atlanta. To top it all off, Charlie has had 5 exits which netted a 50% internal return rate.

Charlie is the host of the Paparelli Podcast, where he talks to entrepreneurs about topics like raising money, starting your business, and sustaining growth. He’s also a contributing writer to FaithDriverEntrepreneur.com, a platform that equips Christian entrepreneurs with the skills to fulfil their calling.

Listen here!

Opportunities

The On Deck Performative Speaking Fellowship 
With Robbie Crabtree

The On Deck Performative Speaking Fellowship is an eight-week remote program for ambitious professionals who want to become powerful public speakers. The curriculum combines storytelling, speaking frameworks, deliberate practice, and an incredible community to help you become the speaker of your dreams. 

Application deadline: August 7, 2021

Program start date: August 14, 2021

Endeavor Atlanta

Endeavor is the leading global community of, by, and for high-impact entrepreneurs that helps the world’s fastest-growing founders dream bigger, scale up faster, and pay it forward more. They support Endeavor Entrepreneurs with our unrivaled global network, peer-to-peer community, and demand-driven services to create the next generation of aspirational Entrepreneurs across the globe. Endeavor is always looking for phenomenal founders and mentors to join the network, so let them know if you’re interested here.

In Case You Missed It

What a Thought Leader Is vs. Isn’t

Do you actually know what a thought leader is? As we move more and more towards a creator economy, thought leaders are popping up everywhere (especially on LinkedIn). 

It can be hard to understand what precisely a thought leader is when everyone seems to be calling themselves one. To better understand what a thought leader is, you have to know what a thought leader isn’t. 

In the article, I break down what distinguishes a thought leader from a run-of-the-mill influencer. Read here!

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