In addition to studying historical profiles, there's significant value in learning from others that have achieved success more recently. We can ask meaningful questions directly instead of synthesizing anecdotes from previous material. More than that, we can gain insights that are particularly relevant in modern times. Today, I'm excited to introduce you to Farnoosh Brock, a Fortune 100 executive that successfully made the transition to entrepreneur and hasn't looked back. She's also managed to grow her business while improving her health and marriage - two key areas where many entrepreneurs stumble. In this interview, we'll learn how she redefined success for herself and built her business without sacrificing her other priorities. We'll also learn about the areas where she's still looking to grow.
Much has been written about the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. To many, he is regarded as one of the greatest leaders in American history. Others are disappointed by the disconnect between his private life and public persona. Regardless, it is clear that he overcame significant personal challenges to achieve election to the highest office in America. It is through that lens that we'll offer insights into his particular recipe of habits. Growing up in extreme privilege certainly had its benefits, and a young Jack Kennedy did not hesitate to enjoy them. However, wealth and connections alone can not explain his success. It was borne of an innovative combination of personal discipline and situational creativity. And later in life, at the pinnacle of success, new adaptions would be needed to effectively carry out the duties of his office. Again, Kennedy would be up to the challenge.
One of my friends advocates taking cold showers for a month. Another decided to wear only 7 items of clothing for 7 days. And one is determined to visit every country in the world before his 35th birthday. (Yes, even the scary ones.) What's behind all of this craziness? They've all realized that a life of constant comfort is numbing. A little pain reminds you that you're alive. A few days of discomfort leads to renewed gratitude. For me, it was the shower curtain.
Just a few weeks ago, I stumbled across my name tag from Leadership Corpus Christi in 2000. As our first assignment, we were to share what was most important to us. Mine had a picture of my young daughter, a basketball goal, a sailboat, and the word "driven." For as far back as I can remember, I'd identified with that word. Whether it was as a student seeking a particular grade or degree, a manager or entrepreneur reaching for a certain revenue or profit mark, or as an runner aiming for a specific mile pace, I'd identify a goal and then go after it intensely. I'd seen reasonable success with that method and saw it as a useful approach. Recently, I was asked to complete a similar exercise. There was only one problem: I simply couldn't do it.