The Collaborative No. 16
Today we are featuring Everyday Visionary Brandon Evans, who is CEO and co-founder of 1heart.
Brandon is a self proclaimed recovering Type A personality. His story is one where he achieved all of the things that modern culture deemed as a barometer of success. When he reached that pinnacle of accomplishment, he didn't feel successful. He discovered that this story was not unusual. As he talked to other successful people, they too felt like something was missing.
In the business world, so much value is placed on our mental abilities that we left behind the full aspect of being human. As a society we spend so much time thinking, we have forgotten how to feel. Success as defined by western culture may not be the path to happiness. Joy and happiness may look different than we expected and probably is not waiting for us when we reach our goals holding a big fat check like Ed McMahon. Happiness is not a destination or something that happens to us by acquiring things.
1heart is a support system that fosters a new generation of companies and leaders who create with their heart, align with their purpose and collectively elevate the consciousness of the planet. Brandon lives on the frothy edge of nurturing the evolution of leaders by creating connection and intention. He is not just helping people find their purpose, he is helping develop leaders that measure success with a new perspective...a heart perspective.
Brandon says, "We don't need more Wall Street bankers, lawyers or even startup guys. We need more people living their truth, finding their purpose and living with joy and love in their hearts." There is great power in that statement and even greater power if we view it as a call to action.
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- Where do you currently work?
- What is your current role?
- How would you describe to a child what you do for a living?
We build companies that do good in the world.
- What do you hope you have a reputation for as a professional?
For helping bring together the world's heart-led leaders in collaboration and community.
- What is an accomplishment from your career that meant the world to you?
Both of my previous companies were named by Crain's as a Top 3 Places in New York to Work. Creating an environment and culture where people loved to come to work
- What is one of the biggest lessons you’ve had to learn the hard way in your career?
I've learned that achieving your goals and some common definition of success doesn't equal happiness. To be truly fulfilled, you need to dive deeper, connect with purpose and create from the heart.
- What are some of your go-to sources of inspiration and staying on top of emerging trends that impact your field or industry?
I try to avoid most industry publications these days. I find it's an easy way to get trapped in societal boundaries. I also found that information overload was killing my creativity. These days I prefer to consume things that expand the way I look at the world, whether that's spiritual or philosophical text or expanded looks at the future.
- What is something you need in your work environment in order to thrive in your role?
I am someone who needs passion and alignment towards whatever I am working on. I also have always been fortunate to have great people around me who are smart, curious and have a sense of humor.
- What you envision for your customers/clients/stakeholders/ patients/citizens/students, etc.?
I envision for them to all be deeply connected. We are all one and believe that if every business (and person) took that perspective the world would be an even more beautiful place.
- What is one of the biggest challenges you are facing or trying to solve right now?
Our greatest challenge (and my mission) is in creating new paths to build conscious companies that are heart-led. Learning to balance a deep mission, unwavering integrity with profits takes daily learning and adjustments. The good news is the data and trends are already showing that companies who are conscious preform significantly better over time. Consumers and the world are starting to demand it (as is the world's largest investment company, Blackrock).
- When and where do you tend to get your ideas?
Everywhere. I am curious and observe everything. I identify problems easily and then seek answers. Typically these come during meditation, showering, or while participating in activities that take me out of my head.
- What are three of your favorite books?
The Surrender Experiment
- What’s one of your favorite non-profits?
- If you could collaborate with any group or individual in the world, who would be your top three picks?
- What would you want to collaborate on with the people/groups you just mentioned?
Creating education, programs and structure that bring about transformative change in our leaders and businesses.
- If you were invited to give a TED Talk (or have given one), what would you speak about?
Why the future of business will be heart-led
- How do you unwind at the end of a stressful day?
Listen to music, yoga, sauna or quality time with a loved one.
- What do you think your 80-year-old self would tell you right now?
Keep on going. It gets even better!
- What do you think your 10-year-old self would be most impressed with about your life right now?
You left Cleveland and are living on the water in Miami, nice work!
- What does your creative process entail when you're doing what you do best?
It involves quieting the mind, relaxing and finding space for things to just flow. Often on vacation or in experiences that trigger flow states, I am able to get downloads and answers to problems that my mind may have been trying to figure out for months.
- Is there anything particularly compelling that you want us to know that we didn't ask?
The work I am most passionate about is our work with 1heart Journeys where we take leaders and entrepreneurs on transformational retreats to deeply connect them with their passion and elevate their consciousness. We are already seeing amazing things emerge from these retreats and believe we that the community we are creating can be a powerful force for good in the world.