Josh is the founder and creative director of The i’Mpossible Project, an organization that educates, entertains, and engages on social justice issues such as mental health, suicide, and diversity.
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[00:58] – Joshua is originally from New Jersey and grew up in a very difficult environment
[01:16] – His father and grandfather both took their lives around the ages 50 and 60
[01:24] – He used to be a professional actor and playwright
[02:10] – His area of expertise is in storytelling
[03:16] – Share something we don’t know about your area of expertise that as Entrepreneurs, we probably should: Approach things with curiosity
[03:39] – Approaching with curiosity will help you dive back into empathy
[04:33] – Worst Entrepreneurial Moment: Seven years ago, Joshua got involved in the world of theater. He was doing workshops in New York and really wanted to achieve something great. He worked with a lawyer, spent $9K from his father’s estate to create the business, but suddenly realized he didn’t actually want to follow through on it
[06:00] – Not all of your ideas are good ones
[06:05] – Reframe failure
[07:30] – Be prepared to learn from your failures
[08:02] – Be vulnerable and ask what you need to improve on
[08:42] – Entrepreneurial AH-HA Moment: Joshua’s ah-ha moment was a pivoting moment. After he lost money with that initial endeavor, he realized he didn’t want to do business in a traditional sense. He had the idea to do theater with the heart of advocacy, and that’s when he started the i’Mpossible Project
[12:13] – Don’t be afraid to pivot
[12:28] – “Embrace the fear”
[12:45] – What is the one thing you are most FIRED up about today? “I’m going to see Hamilton tonight”
[13:14] – The Lightning Round
- What was holding you back from becoming an entrepreneur? – “I think it was putting myself in a box and accepting the world’s view”
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “Don’t just treat people the way you want to be treated; treat them the way they want to be treated”
- What’s a personal habit that contributes to your success? – “I think it’s curiosity”
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- If you could recommend one book to our listeners, what would it be and why? – History of The Arabs – “it’s another play on empathy”
[16:32] – “Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help”
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