My fraternity brother, friend, and mentor James Bailey recently gave me some great advice about pursuing something you are passionate about: “Keep building brother,” he said. “the experience and toil of the journey is what makes the path more straight.”
He was completely right about a lot of things. The vision for what I am looking to build with Right Before is different and unique from anything else that currently exists. We live in an age now where there is the technology, education, and ability to impact major change from anywhere and from anybody. In my opinion there are no excuses for the widening wealth gap and disproportionate amount of opportunity between races and individuals from different socioeconomic classes. Right Before started off as a magazine that was intended to inspire other like-minded entrepreneurs to pursue businesses. In a lot of ways, that spirit of entrepreneurship still exists. The evolution of the goal and mission has been extremely unexpected. To date, we have helped fund and sustain 7 different individuals and entrepreneurs on their journeys. We have given away thousands in scholarships to students studying abroad and pursuing writing. While there is always a new issue out there to fix, I focus on only a few issues because I think that’s the best way to have great impact.
To date, a lot of the things we have embarked on have failed. We have failed to gain traction on events that are meaningful towards the mission. It has been a challenge to continue to provide meaningful content that is both entertaining and enriching. As we learn which bets pay off, we have to adjust our strategies and share the results so everyone can benefit.
For each issue we work on, we fund innovative ideas and create events that could help remove barriers: events about the power of financial literacy; business pitch competitions for entrepreneurs to receive early funding; scholarships for minority students studying abroad; as well as a platform for individuals to share their success journeys.
Today I spent a lot of time looking at the Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship plans for 2019. There are so many great big ideas coming to the city of Atlanta. There are CEOs, investors, and regular citizens who believe in the power of education just as much, if not more, than I do. Right Before is back and here to stay for the long haul. Join us on our mission!
Founder & CEO of Right Before