Netcito member Thomas Armstrong is turning the tables on world famous podcaster Guy Raz. As the creator and producer of “How I Built This”, Guy is normally a hard person to reach. Thomas caught his attention with this brilliant video. He’s now in discussions to host Guy on his own program, the world’s first-ever livestreamed show from a car.
Thomas graduated from NC State this spring with a Bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship. Instead of getting a job, he is embarking on a nationwide tour to interview entrepreneurs who have built platforms that enable people to form lasting, authentic relationships. He is making the trip in the StreamCar, a Tesla that he specially outfitted for video interviews.
In addition to reaching Guy, Thomas has now reached out to 20 other luminaries and connected with over a dozen of them. His prospects include LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, Simon Sinek, and Tim Ferriss. He’s playing a big game and he’s applying all of his prodigious creativity and skill to make it happen.
Thomas’s is articulating a clear sense of purpose that inspires him and the people around him. He is doing something that will generate far-reaching impact. He’s setting ambitious goals that are stretching him to achieve his potential. Most importantly, he is having a boatload of fun making it all happen.
When you’re leading a business, it’s frighteningly easy to hide from your purpose. As human beings, we naturally gravitate towards comfort and predictability. We follow through on our commitments, fight our way through our to-do lists, and stay on top of our email. We’re working our tails off, but the juice is missing because we’ve lost sight of our transcendent purpose. We are sweating the details and missing the big game. We arrive depleted at the end of the day wondering how the hours evaporated.
Next time you’re thinking about submitting a prep sheet with a “1 (Least Important)” rating, ask yourself about the game that you are playing:
- Are you plugged into a sense of mission and purpose that’s bringing you alive?
- Are you doing something that taps into your gifts?
- Are you setting goals that stretch you to grow and achieve in ways that call you to your potential?
- Are you having fun?
If the answer to any of these questions is no, you’ve got a great issue to discuss with your group this month.
PS We will explore these questions in depth at our upcoming Member Retreat. Click here to learn more.
The title for this post was inspired by the poem Opportunity by Berton Braley.