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IMG_20150603_074609This week I started my backpacking trip through Southeast Asia – the same backpacking trip that inspired me to reach out to Sherry Otts and Rolf Potts.

Back in September when I started planning my trip, I also began challenging myself to reach out to at least one role model a week for an entire year. My original  plan back in September was to do both – backpack and continue connecting with an influencer a week.

Ironically, it was being able to connect and talk with three of these role models- Sherry, Rolf, and Adam Braun – that convinced me to change my mind. As Adam Braun said to me

You’ll have your whole life to work and connect with your role models, but this is a rare time in your life when you can backpack and fully immerse yourself in your environment and the people you’re with without having to worry about checking your email.

If anyone knows why it is so important to be fully engaged when you’re backpacking it is Adam; it was through a backpacking experience in college that gave Adam the idea to start Pencils of Promise a few years later.

Taking Sherry, Rolf, and Adam’s advice, I decided this week to dedicate the next 3.5 months of my life to only my surroundings and the people around me (and calling my family every now and then to tell them that I’m alive).

But I don’t plan on quitting with my challenge. When I return from my backpacking trip, I will be in San Francisco and continuing to reach out to my role models, picking up where I left off in my dream city.

Until then, signing off for now,

Davis Nguyen

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Week 38: Pencils of Promise – Adam Braun

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My name is Davis. I’m spending a year reaching out to my role models. Here’s why.  When I told my girlfriend last October that I had accepted a job offer at Bain and Company, she asked if I knew Adam Braun. I didn’t, so I looked him up. Adam Braun is the founder of Pencils of […]

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Week 37: Obama’s Speech Writer – Jon Favreau

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My name is Davis. I’m spending a year reaching out to my role models. Here’s why.  Love him or hate him, there is no denying that President Barack Obama’s speeches are oratory art. While Obama brainstorms and edits his own speeches, the bulk of the writing belongs to his speechwriter, Jon Favreau. Jon met Obama in 2004 (when Obama […]

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Week 36: The Founders of Simple Green Smoothies – Jadah Sellner and Jen Hansard

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My name is Davis. I’m spending a year reaching out to my role models. Here’s why.  I first heard about Jadah Sellner and Jen Hansard, the founders of Simple Green Smoothies when I attended the World Domination Summit last summer. Jadah and Jen are two friends who met at a mom’s group in Los Angeles and […]

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Week 35: Luck is Opportunity Meets Preparation – Rolf Potts

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My name is Davis. I’m spending a year reaching out to my role models. Here’s why.  Last week I hosted one of my heroes, Rolf Potts, for a public event in New Haven, Connecticut. Rolf is a travel writer who has written for National Geographic Traveler, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, Salon, and The Guardian, and has reported […]

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