Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Project: Nominate The Next Green Couch Risk-Taker
January 28th, 2014 The Green Couch Project™  began the initiative to see what it was like to walk an hour or two into another risk-taker’s shoes. And so we invited several, five entrepreneurs to be specific, to individually sit on The Couch. It changed our lives. It changed theirs.

Since then a total of twenty-four people have sat on The Couch, shared their risk-taking gutsy and taken the Pinky Promise challenge. Nothing is ever rehearsed or auto-tuned. When it comes to the questions, everything is left to the unknown but everything is from the heart.

The Green Couch is where they get to fall back in love with who they are, what they do and why it matters - because it does. The Green Couch Project™ is where they have a chance to inspire others to speak, follow and inspire others to fulfill their dreams.

To do what they get to do every day – live their love.

We’ve caught it on paper, video and pictures. We have shared it on our website, in newsletters, in podcasts, on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube… because their risk-taking is what inspires us, their story is our gift to you.

And now it’s time we hear back from you.

This fall, The Green Couch Project is doing something different. We want you to submit an inspirational entrepreneurial story of someone who motivates change in your life. Whether you know them directly or indirectly or they never heard of your name, give us a glimpse of their courage so they can spill their gutsy on The Green Couch on September 15th, 2015.

Whether they’re on their own, or manage a team of 100, we’re looking for people with outstanding company culture, integrity, community impact and irresistible risk-taking gutsy.

We’re looking for someone who inspires people to speak, follow and fulfill their dreams. It doesn’t matter if they’re ages 8-108, are a college dropout, new to the game or have years of experience; this is your chance to nominate someone you’d like to see on The Couch who lives their love and has a voice that needs to be heard.

-The Green Couch

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Project: The Bee’s Knees - RIP Burt Shavitz

He knows a thing or two on what it is to risk it all and lose it all. He’s had his highs and lows. Whether on his own or surrounded by one hundred fans, he knows who he is and what he wants out of life. This is the Burt Shavitz story.

What’s it like to wake up with no hot water but an endless sight of nature…and be okay with it? What’s it like to have a rendering of your grizzly face on beauty and toiletry items across the world? And yet feel inclined to hide from the world?

What’s it like to take risks, win some, lose a lot and come out knowing no matter what, you still like what you’ve done and made of yourself?

Although Burt is no longer with us, (May 15, 1935- July 5, 2015), he left a legacy that is worth emulating: “No one owns me, no one’s ever gonna own me.”

In other words, what I do? It’s none of your beeswax!

What are some practices in your life in which you practice a similar mentality? In which you stick to your dreams even when it is inconvenient.

  • How do obtain your goal when the going gets tough?

  • When there are more naysayers than cheerleaders, do you give up or give it all you got?

  • If you realize you do not have the finances to see your project through, how do you pursue finding the appropriate resources?

  • How do you cultivate your own beeswax?

Burt was a man that was dealt some hard blows. But he found a place on this earth that he loved more than the inside of a Burt’s Bees industrial warehouse. He didn’t need many luxuries; he didn’t need validation; he didn’t need money; he needed a chance to pursue his number one passion.

What’s your passion, and what are you willing to risk to find and cultivate it?

Burt will go down in history as the bee’s knees of a beekeeper. What kind of legacy do you want to leave?

-The Green Couch