We had the good fortune of connecting with Gary Black and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gary, how do you think about risk?
Most of us are more afraid of success than we are of failure, especially young men. “If I take this risk, it may work, and then what? I have to manage it, own it, and steward it, and I don’t like that much responsibility!” Marriage, missions, starting that company, taking the promotion, asking that person out… it usually more subconscious than conscious thought.
We must learn to live from our hearts and get out of 0ur heads; when we learn to trust our hearts, confess that we are full of fear, shame, and rejection, and then risk trusting what my heart is telling me, I will live a life of risk and making everyone around me successful!
Wisdom and revelation come from our hearts, and when we learn how to live a life of confession, (What my head is telling me), and risk, (Opening my heart to people and risk), we step into the second half of life and that changes everything!
My success in family, business, ministry, etc has all come from learning to live through my heart and taking risks daily with opportunities and people.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I have started a few businesses and non-profits; I have experienced great success and major failures through the years! At 24-years-old, (55 now), I started a non-profit called Rock The Nations – we filled auditoriums and stadiums around America calling young people to live a life of faith and risk. It has turned into many different organizations that are going strong. While traveling around the world and living in Africa we raised millions of dollars for companies and non-profits globally.
I also helped start an organization called The World Race in 2005 and then a leadership school based in Spain for the past 12-years. I am the director of G42 Leadership Academy and have had to move it to Colorado Springs with all of the COVID issues.
My wife and I have a brand called The BlackTribe where we have a coaching business and we are starting a new training center for young entrepreneurs in CO.
The greatest lesson I have learned from all of it is to never give up! The mark of a true entrepreneur is “Endurance” – learn from your failers, and you will fail, transform from your success, and make everyone around you better.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love downtown, Colorado Springs! They have learned from Denver how to transform a city and that is where I would start. Breakfast in Old Colorado City, then we would walk the streets and talk to the homeless, the bartenders at Thunder and Buttons and Meadow Muffins while we have a beer, and then head over to CO.A.T.I on Tejon to order from one of their many restaurants and listen to live music. We would rent some scooters and cruise downtown. End the day at The Garden with some great drinks and food trucks.
Breakfast at The Pantry in Green Mountain Falls a drive up the mountain, Lunch at Colorado Wine Burgers, and a walk around Woodland Park. Dinner at Dos Santos and drinks after at the Whiskey Exchange.
Atomic Cowboy, Craft brewery, 291 Taproom, Wild Goose meeting house, Kinship Landing.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First my faith – when I stopped trying to love God, and just let him love me, everything changed. My wife saved my life, she reminded me of who I was, why I am on the planet, and continues to walk with me through life and at a deep level. My 76-year-old mentor, Andrew Shearman had taught me how to live life fully alive, walk-in abundance, and help others do the same. My parents were critical in my faith walk and knowing I am loved.
The book, Adam’s Return the 5 promises of male initiation – Richard Rohr, changed my life, and my 6-year journey to live through my heart. (Document)
Linkedin: Gary D Black