Blake Mycoskie is a social entrepreneur who founded TOMS Shoes, the company that would match every pair purchased with a new pair given to a child in need. One for One. In September 2010, Blake returned to Argentina, where he was first inspired to start TOMS, to celebrate the one-millionth pair of new shoes given to a child in need.
After five years of giving shoes, Blake was ready to address another need: vision. On June 7, 2011, TOMS debuted One for One Eyewear, which provides eye treatment, prescription glasses or eye surgery with every pair purchased.
Former President Bill Clinton has introduced Blake as “one of the most interesting entrepreneurs [he has] ever met.” And Bill Gates featured Blake and TOMS Shoes in his Time magazine article, “How to Fix Capitalism.”
START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS
Love your work, work for what you love, and change the world—all at the same time.
What matters most to you?
Should you focus on earning a living, pursuing your passions, or devoting yourself to the causes that inspire you? The surprising truth is that you don’t have to choose—and that you’ll find more success if you don’t.
That’s the message of TOMS’ One for One movement and Mannatech’s Give For Real – Donation through consumption program. You don’t have to be rich to give back and you don’t have to retire to spend every day doing what you love. It is as simple as making the switch from the brands that you usually purchase to ones that make a difference or start a business that has a social impact. You can find profit, passion, and meaning all at once—right now. You can leave a legacy simply through CHOSING to make a difference.
In Start Something That Matters, Blake Mycoskie tells the story of TOMS, one of the fastest-growing shoe companies in the world, and combines it with lessons learned from other social entreprenerial organisations – method, charity: water, FEED Projects, and TerraCycle. Blake presents the six simple keys for creating or transforming your own life and business, from discovering your core story to being resourceful without resources; from overcoming fear and doubt to incorporating giving into every aspect of your life.
This is a poem by David Bowden which was inspired by this book. Don’t EVER give up on your dreams! What the world is missing is what you have always longed to do…we all long to make a difference and make our life count. What are you waiting for…the world needs you!
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