Underdog Revolution

Underdog Revolution: Empowering Non-Obvious Winners and Underserved Communities by [Pierre Stanley Baptiste]

Everyone loves to see the “underdog” succeed. We root for people to overcome difficulties and are inspired by those who rise above the odds.

In 2015, i had the opportunity to join a friend in Haiti who was helping a village close to Les Cayes. She was feeding and working with the children and with street boys. I went to help her and to specifically help the street boys to create sustainable income for themselves. We had an amazing creative time together. I hope that what I was able to teach has continued to help them in some way.

While I was there, I met a young man named Pierre Stanley Baptiste. One evening we talked way into the night about our dreams and passions to help serve others to find their creativity and prosper. We shared about podcasts, books, and websites that had impacted us and discovered we were watching, reading, and listening to many of the same. Pierre has such a heart for his country and a desire to see the young people lead the way to a prosperous and thriving Haiti. The “Underdog Revolution” is his story and his heart and vision.

Pierre believes that each person has the ability to be creative and to solve problems. He is asking that we recognize these underdogs and their potential. He relates to the “underdog” as he experienced it himself. He was small as a kid and was bullied. He had trouble learning to read. When he was 10 years old, his mother had to be taken away when she tested for TB. This left Pierre to take care of himself and his little sister. He had no father figure. This 6 months of separation was an excruciating and painful experience. Later, he won a speaking contest and was selected by the SEED program to go to the U.S.

Under his loving host mother, Pierre began to succeed and overcome prejudices and insecurities. He excelled in speaking and joined the Toastmaster organization. After college, he became successful in his work, but his heart was to help his country by helping young people to succeed. When I met him, he was in Haiti to do that very thing. He is encouraging and supporting young people to pursue creative solutions and to develop skills.  He has learned in his life to leverage scarcity.  There is a link between constraints and creativity.

He has since, created and co-launched a co-working space. He has #Hustle Nights for people to come to the space with a specific idea to work for 2 nights in the space. He also hosted a “Start Up Week” entrepreneur event with 65 speakers and 50 volunteers with 1200 attending. He was able to raise $20,000 to fund the co-create space which provides people access to machinery, tools, and resources to create and innovate.

Pierre’s “Underdog Revolution” provides a fresh perspective on the complex issues that developing countries face, and discusses creating better solutions which come through developing the people themselves.He also shares several success stories of people who are helping people and making a difference. You will be inspired to be a part of world solutions and for your problems as well.

I believe Pierre is a revolutionary and will have a great impact on Haiti through its youth.

Blessings to all the “underdogs” out there and to those who are lending a hand to help them in productive ways!

“Beginner’s Pluck”

Pluck - pluk  - (n) - spirited and determined courage

I LOVE this word that Liz uses for her book!!  Pluck.  I want to have pluck.  Do you have pluck?!

Liz is the founder of Sseko Designs.

Liz went after her heart and created a business to give Sseko high potential, talented young women in Uganda an opportunity to continue on to university. Due to the gap of 9 months between high school and college, many young women were pressured to find jobs or to marry instead of waiting and going to college.  Sseko grew to become the largest footwear exporter in East Africa and gives a growing number of scholarships.  Sseko Designs appeared on NBC’s Shark Tank and the world fell in love with their versatile strappy Ribbon Sandals. The Sseko Fellows program launched, and for the first time, women all across the U.S. launched their own impact businesses by selling Sseko and styling their communities.

As Liz shares in her book, she was a total beginner in everything, but she followed her heart, with a passion to help women, and discovered a particular problem and found a creative solution.  She has succeeded far above and beyond her expectations.  This book is about her journey and to encourage other “beginners” to go for their dreams!

As she looked back on her journey, she asked herself this question:  “Could being a Beginner actually be an asset in your journey to build a life of purpose and passion?  PLUCK!   What beginners lack in experience, track record, know-how, and connections, they make up for in nerve, curiosity, spirit, courage, and willingness to acknowledge they don’t have all the answers.  Which are all incredibly useful in building lives of purpose, passion, and impact.”

Isn’t this an awesome thought?  We don’t have to be “Experts” to succeed!!

Liz encourages us to “own our average.”  In other words, figure out what you have to give and go all in!  If we think we are so gifted or talented in a certain area we need to beware that we might not want to risk anything new or challenging in that area  Our success is more about our posture, mindset, and curiosity.  Curiosity leads us to ask, “What if?” and to take risks.  We must be willing to fail to go forward.

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
                                                                                                                                                       Frederick Buechner

What is in your heart?  What is it you love to do?  Are you doing it?  If you are not, what’s stopping you?

Let’s not let anything keep us from following our purpose and passion.  We can have PLUCK!!  We can have Beginner’s Pluck!

Please share with me in the comments.
Blessings and may you have pluck!


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