What inspired you to create Learn To Win? And your revised version for the U.S. military:
Sasha and I started Learn to Win because we believed that we could improve how people learned, especially in intense, high-performance settings like an elite sports team or an Air Force operational squadron. Old methods of doing training - like memorizing information from paper binders or listening to long PowerPoint presentations - do not adequately serve high-performance teams, especially as the demands on those teams get increasingly complex. We expect the world of education and training to undergo major change driven by online and mobile learning technologies, and we’re excited to be driving that change in sports, government, and select other fields.
You were chosen to be on ProMazo’s list of Most Interesting Students for a reason. Do you have any advice for other students hoping to create their own success:
My main advice to current students is to pick a problem that you think is important and then do something - anything - to make it a little bit better. Even if it’s a small curiosity or minor frustration at first, do some small action to make progress on that problem in whatever little way you can. No action is too insignificant when you’re getting started; the key is just to do something. If that small action goes well, it may inspire you to do a little bit more on that problem. If that next step goes well too, you may soon find yourself along a path of addressing an important need. I’ve personally found a lot of purpose working in education for the past 6 years, and it all started with a tiny step of sending one email to one professor back when I was in undergrad to set up a meeting and discuss some curiosities I had about higher education reform. You never know where that first small step might take you.
“It is better to die for an idea that will live, than to live for an idea that will die.” - Steve Biko.
Biggest role models or inspirations:
I draw a lot of inspiration from my family. My grandmother, Kate Lindsey, inspires me with her unconditional love for everyone in her life. My parents inspire me with their endless curiosity and heart for service - throughout their lives, they have always devoted themselves to solving problems and being a light in the world. I call on my family often for advice and guidance.
After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, I spent 3 years living on the island of Mauritius.
In Mauritius I picked up kitesurfing. Highly recommend it!
Throughout my career I’d like to work on changing the way education works globally.