Change Starts Here: The Origin Story

In college, podcast host Dustin Odham read Rick Warren’s A Purpose Driven Life. He’s been living by a mission statement he created ever since – “to make a positive and lasting impact on every person I meet, every single day,” said Odham. He intentionally chose to create a mission statement that was not job-specific but would apply to all aspects of his life on a daily basis. The choices in Odham’s life, from marrying his wife to working at FranklinCovey, have been guided by his mission.

“FranklinCovey is all about an inside-out approach. First, a mirror to each individual. How do I get better? Then how can we collectively identify each other’s genius and greatness,” said Odham. The focus is on the people, empowering the leaders and teachers so that they can model the care they get. Starting the podcast for FranklinCovey, Odham was hesitant to take the lead as host but he has grown into the role and has learned a great deal from the various guests over the last season.

In reviewing the past interviews, Odham recalls specific lessons that he now applies to work and life. He finds inspiration from leaders like Adolf Doc Brown, who ” loves every minute of life and ignites joy in others,” said Odham. Each day Brown tries to connect with people. “He is genuinely trying to be good medicine. It’s something I remind myself of often,” said Odham.

After talking to Erik Weihenmayer, Odham faces challenges differently. Challenges that Odham used to avoid or go around he faces. He knows that one small step at a time leads to significant accomplishments. Weihenmayer was the first blind person to reach the summit of Everest. His no barriers mindset inspires Odham. “I love his thinking on embracing challenges,” said Odham. “What’s within you is stronger than what is in your way.”

Don’t miss an episode of the next season of Change Starts Here for more inspiration.

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