The origins of the phrase is a mystery. It takes a village to raise a child is a proverb that spirited from African or Native American cultures. The phrase translates into saying that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with children in order for children to experience and grow in a safe environment.
The thought leaders, gamechangers, and innovators that we look up to are often impacted by the same thing: they’ve been exposed to people, environments, and interactions that have helped shape and define who they are today.
The It takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast aims to identify, dissect, and celebrate the unsung heroes, things, and experiences that have impacted the greatest minds of our generation and how these individuals are paying it forward for those to come.
“I’ve been very blessed to go to conferences or I see world leaders, thought leaders, authors etc., and there’s just so much that I learned and I just think to myself “it would be so cool if I could share these ideas with people.” It’s kind of like what TED Talks does. For daily life what I really want to do is to build a platform but where I can go find some of the best authors in the world and just say, “Hey, I would like for you to create a product or a mini-series with us” or do whatever I can do so that the average human doesn’t have to spend copious amounts of money like I have to learn these things.”
“Eventually I reached a point where I was like, “you know what, I want to see what happens if I pursue this full time.” I’m not sure what will happen and I don’t know if I can pursue this full time, but you hear about people in their retirement years, or you hear from Millennials, “oh, I want to write a book one day”, or “I want to travel the world when I retire”, or “I want to do this when I retire.” I don’t want to live a life waiting for retirement, I want to try things now. Either I can spend this money when I’m 67 (or whenever the retirement age is) or I can use all of my savings to see what it takes to be a full time artist and do what I want for a year. My year was up a few months ago, but I think I’m doing pretty well right now to buy myself a little bit of time as an artist.”
“As an entrepreneur it takes every opportunity, and every advantage you can get to be successful. Obviously, the probabilities and the statistics are against you when you’re building a company. The most impactful people for me were the people that helped in the very early days of the business. The thing about these people is I actually don’t really know them.
In the early days, I would literally sit in front of a computer and Google “how to build a company in Canada?” What I realized is that everyone around me wasn’t going to help me achieve the level of success I was looking for which was a multi-billion dollar company—which is no small feat. In the early days, if there’s no one giving you advice that you can honestly look at and say “I wish I could trade places with this person,” find examples of people online, read their books, listen to their podcast and do whatever it takes to surround yourself with the information and knowledge that directly correlates with where you want to be”
“After losing everyone and everything that was close to me, I had to rely on myself. Looking back, that was so important to my journey and it was what I needed because that was my catalyst for my change. If I didn’t have that happen in my life, I would’ve tried to do what was inauthentic to me. I really think that my journey has helped me melt my ego so that I’m able to be authentic and know that it is okay for me to be myself. I don’t think that I am like a lot of people, but I’m showing people that it’s okay to be yourself. When you’re yourself, people can see that you’re the real you, and that it’s okay to be the real you”
“I felt like an alien a lot of the time. I think it’s because of the way I carry myself, and the way I dress, and the fact that I have an accent. There’s a lot of factors that make me alien-ish. Sometimes it’s challenging because it feels like you have to prove something and you have to work 10x harder in order for them to believe you, trust you, trust your ability, and that you’re good at what you do… but I think it’s [the tech industry] going in the right direction and it’s obviously a conversation that needs to be had.”
“It’s a trickle down effect: if there’s one member of the family that has changed their mindset for the better, then during family gatherings and holidays — when family is together and conversations are happening — the conversation is now changing because of the type of mindset those individuals have. Now you’re making an impact within other families. We’ve seen that happen in so many different instances where one person has a connection to me [Isaac Olowolafe] or Dream Maker, and that person has, let’s say, three siblings and some extended family, that one person now can impact close to 60 people… as you can see there’s definitely a lot of change that we’re doing.”
“Coming back to the myth of meritocracy, I really do believe it does take a village to raise one person and that you didn’t make it on your own. When you do become that crazy rich CEO and you only pay 2% of your taxes, society made you; how about you turnaround and help society.”