Chris Baréz-Brown is Uncommon.
Chris has a rather unusual view of the world in that he knows that everybody is perfect. He is fascinated by people and what makes them tick. Chris has created Talk It Out to help make a difference with global suffering by encouraging people to develop positive mental wellbeing, for free.
We asked Chris to share some of his personal uncommon sense learnings from his life and career.
Bulldog Drummond: What value, phrase or uncommon truth do you live by?
Chris Barez-Brown: There is only today and everyone is golden.
BD: What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?
CB: Talk It Out — a mental wellbeing movement that I hope will make the planet spin better and help millions of people lead better lives. …
My mom is smarter than I am.
To anyone who has met both of us, this is hardly a revelation. It is like saying that George Clooney is more handsome than Winston Churchill. It’s objectively true.
In recent years, I have been reminded of this truth in part because of how business has evolved and how she somehow understood the holistic value of that progression. She consciously supported sustainable and responsible companies through her purchases and investing long before it was fashionable.
Let’s set the record straight: a new era of business isn’t coming; it is already here. Multinational firms like Apple and Microsoft have made meaningful statements in terms of their commitment to delivering sustainable, long-term value. Financial giants like State Street and Blackrock have fundamentally altered the direction of investment strategies. Sustainability-minded movements like B-Corp and Conscious Capitalism continue to mature and influence reporting trends. Even the Business Roundtable, a collective of more than 100 of the largest, most influential brands of our time, decided to redefine the purpose of a business to benefit all stakeholders rather than only shareholders. This new era of business is both exciting and uncertain, promising and increasingly complex (as 2020 has beat into our collective heads). …
I was on a hike with my son a few weekends back and we were talking about the state of the world, the meaning of life and what the future looks like. Halfway up the hill he asked, “Dad, what’s the point? …