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Todd Depastino
Episode 46th May 2021 • Pursuing Profit with Principles • Regina Partain Bergman
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You have heard before that the best way to succeed is to find a need and fill it. Well that is exactly what our guest on today’s episode of Pursuing Profit with Principles has done. Todd Depastino, Founder and Executive director of the Veterans Breakfast Club. Todd comes from the world of Academia as a Historian and Professor. Todd has taken his love of history and his appreciation of our American Veterans and coupled that with a non-profit organization that not only serves veterans but gives them a voice.

Bio: Founder and executive director of the Veterans Breakfast Club, which holds veterans’ storytelling programs open to the public. He has a Ph.D. in American History from Yale University is author of the award winning BILL MAULDIN: A LIFE UP FRONT (W.W. Norton) and several other books.

Relevant Timestamps:

[00:00] Introduction 

[01:28] History comes to life 

[08:11] Overcoming the grip of “no”

[13:03] Entrepreneurship is a journey of self-discovery

[21:09] Bumps in the road

Key Takeaways:

  • Don’t wait for everything to be perfect, jump in and get started.  Imperfect action is better than no action.
  • As a non-profit, you need several different revenue sources so that if one dries up you have others in place.  In the entrepreneurial world, that equates to not having any one client be more than 15% of your total revenue.
  • Be passionate about what you are doing.  Your passion helps you sell your mission to those who can support it and help you.
  • As a leader, you should do some of the day-to-day things to know that they are being handled correctly, or to improve process and training as appropriate
  • Focus on the end goal, whatever the project is that you are working on.
  • Make sure that what you are working on fits your mission.

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