Charlie Hartwell is a Harvard Business School graduate whose career has included time on Wall Street, and corporate marketing positions at Heinz and Pillsbury.
Through a combination of hard work, great leadership skills, and really being open to hidden opportunities, Charlie was soon able to leave corporate America and work only on things he truly loves.
In 1998, he formed yourexpedition, the first for-profit expedition company in U.S. history, launched with the historic Bancroft Arnesen Expedition across Antarctica. The expedition generated 2.2 billion media impressions globally, and was supported by such brands as Volvo, Motorola, Pfizer, Girl Scouts, Apple, CNN.
Today, Charlie spends a lot of time looking for opportunities for Bridge Builders Collaborative, a group of investors whose mission is to fund and support the visions of social entrepreneurs who have scalable business models for applications, practices, products, and tools that build bridges for mind-training.
As you likely guessed from his current work, although Charlie has been very successful in the business world, he is just as focused, if not more so, on doing the inner work that allows him to continually grow in his ability to effectively serve others.
In this episode, we’ll dive into a very personal and vulnerable exploration of the inner work that results in high achievement, and you’ll hear about Charlie’s intriguing journey from Ivy League universities, to corporate success, to social entrepreneur and conscious capitalist who empowers women and girls and is focused as much on inner work as business.
You’ll also learn:
- How to set boundaries that open you up to effectively serve others without being taken advantage of
- How to apply mindfulness training to help you to find opportunities in highly unfavorable circumstances
- And about the types of mind training companies that are likely to receive funding from Bridge Builders Collaborative
To learn more about Charlie’s work, please visit http://shiftit.com/.
To learn more about Bridge Builders Collaborative, please visit https://bbcollaborative.com/.
3:22 – Charlie’s life goal
6:31 – His top three core values
7:56 – The greatest personal struggle mindfulness helped him overcome
15:20 – Greatest professional benefit he has realized from practicing mindfulness
21:40 – The most important insight he has had over the last year
24:14 – How to set boundaries that open you up to effectively serve others without being taken advantage of
27:19 – What Charlie looks for in a company he’s considering investing in
28:42 – Charlie’s intriguing journey from Ivy League universities, to corporate success, to social entrepreneur and conscious capitalist who empowers women and girls and is focused as much on inner work as business
31:05 – How Charlie connects companies offering mind training solutions with companies who can benefit from a mind training program for team members
47:03 – How to apply mindfulness training to help you to find opportunities in highly unfavorable circumstances
51:32 – The book Charlie is currently reading = A Common Struggle by Patrick Kennedy
51:51 – Favorite online resource for mindfulness = eMindful
53:09 – Favorite living teacher of mindfulness = His wife, Maureen
54:26 – Favorite retreat center = Silent retreat at his house when it’s just him and his dog (sorry, I can’t give out directions to this retreat center)
57:57 – Favorite mindfulness practice
59:23 – If Charlie had 60 seconds left to live, here’s the advice she would give on how to live an awesome life
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