This past year has been an amazing one. Our community has taught me more than I could ever imagine about adventure, passion, and what it means to #liveBANGS. Over the past two years, we grew the BA program from 200 participants to 2,000, shipped shoes to all 50 states, and invested in 480 entrepreneurs in 58 countries. Keep being bold, courageous, and most important: Keep Using Your Adventures To Help Others Find Theirs. Are you ready to free fall? video by BAs: @eric.films @cologarcia323 @c_handsome30 @gracie_parker
I didn’t have a desk at the time. Come to think of it, I still don’t have a desk. But the back-porch was secluded enough to speak openly and the saltwater coming off the marsh was magic.
I’m sure I was more nervous than the students on the other side of the phone.
I was 24 years old with two types of jobs under my belt: restaurant gigs + English teacher in China.
I graduated from high school number two-hundred-something in a class of 400+; I found myself interviewing high school Valedictorians now enrolled at Ivy Leagues and international students “just stateside for University.”
I felt certain these brilliant humans knew I was interviewing them from a rocking chair wearing pajamas at 3:00pm.
There were 3 of us on the BANGS team that spent years aggressively recruiting Ambassadors. We cold-called, cold-emailed, networked through friends and family, recruited Ambassadors through public speaking events, and most of the time it felt like we had to convince people to believe in us.
This month, May 2017 over four years later we have initiated 2,400 Lead BAs in 46 states & 16 countries.
Our brand Ambassador program spans Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Scotland, Spain, The Bahamas, Germany, United Kingdom, and the USA.
We didn’t invent shoes. We didn’t invent helping people. We didn’t even invent bringing these two together, but #liveBANGS has developed into so much more than shoes for a cause.
After years of building, failing, and building back up again, we have brought together a strong, loyal, and passionate community: people who actively work to use their adventures to help others.
With active passion, kindness, and relentless support for others comes unbelievable power to affect positive change.
And I can’t wait to see what this community does next.