Serial entrepreneur David Castain has joined the ranks of people like Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Bill Gates by speaking at Harvard University.
“Someone’s inability to believe in your dream doesn’t make it unchaseable. If there’s a one in a million shot, take it, because that means there’s a chance”, he told the students. The occasion was sponsored by leading global investment bank Morgan Stanley and organized by The Harvard European Business Group, The Key Society and Forbes8, a new community powered by Forbes.
Harvard graduate Zena Edosomwan said, “This event couldn’t have come at a better time. I wanted to give students real life examples of how others forged their own paths, despite criticism or traditional expectations”. Zena is the co-founder of the They Key Society, a company that created a shared community for students from Harvard, Yale, Stanford, MIT, and Princeton. They leverage community and collaboration to position young ambitious people with the best professional opportunities available. When asked why the committee selected Castain to speak Zena responded, “David Castain is an entrepreneur who is unconventional, yet, extremely successful. We have a profound respect for that and believe there is much to learn from his journey”.
David Castain doesn’t own a set of business cards and says that “Google is the new resume”. Although his approaches are unorthodox, he still values education. Castain has earned a Bachelor’s degree from Howard University in Communications, a Master’s degree from Georgetown University in Public Relations and Corporate Communications, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Business Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
When asked what he does to help persevere through difficult times, Castain responded “I remind myself that I have extraordinary goals that the average person will never attempt to achieve, which is accompanied by extraordinary obstacles that the average person will never have to endure”. Today, David Castain has a net worth of $5 million and is projected to double that amount before 2021. If you haven’t heard of him, chances are you will. He’s a Mastermind for Forbes new app, Forbes8 and has teamed up with Chief Growth Officer Tom Davis and Vice President of Growth Marketing Liz Walsh to help grow, amplify and solidify the careers of entrepreneurs. He is also the founder of David Castain and Associates, a firm designed to address all issues involved in the growth of a business, including marketing, strategy, and economic competitiveness.
“Believing in myself was something that I struggled with. I didn’t think it was possible to make it out of my neighborhood, yet, alone out of the country.”, he told the crowd. These days, David travels to other countries to study their marketing techniques, then redesigns them into successful branding strategies for clients. To date, he has now flown more than 14 times around the globe to 44 countries. As a world traveler he started David Castain Destinations, a blog where he shares his experiences and helps others navigate their journeys though foreign lands. He’s charmed king cobras in Sri Lanka, laid with tigers in Thailand, driven tanks in Budapest, ran with wild kangaroos in Australia, trekked the jungles of Costa Rica, watched sunsets in Maldives, and even entered the lion’s den in Argentina.
It’s clear that David Castain is unique, he hopes to continue to impact, inspire and empower students, entrepreneurs, and professionals to forge their own paths. In his closing statements he urged his listeners to “challenge the norms of society and disregard tradition” if it didn’t fit their vision. He went on to say “time is limited, I don’t trade it for money. I use my time to perfect my passion which increases my value and leads to money.” Rosa Flores, a student at Harvard University who attended the event, said “I’m thankful David was able to come and share his journey because stories like his need to be heard”.
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