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I find Charles Koch’s wisdom to be invaluable. His open mindedness to changing society and giving people the opportunity to shine are so well written and explained.
Most of us know the word “poverty” or “underserved” but we don’t understand how people got there. The insight of Believe in People is – to create change, we must help others. When serving people, we must seek out their needs. When something is broken, we must bond together.
Believe in People is a historical road map of inspiring people to inspire others. We all need a hero to follow and a game plan for success, awareness and change. This is the DNA of who Charles Koch is! Lifting other when you rise.
Believe in People is more than a snappy title to an extraordinary book; it’s a challenge to anyone who has ever tried to improve their own life, the lives of their loved ones, the lives of strangers, or the lives of all those with whom we share the planet.
This is not, however, a self-help book or a collection of bromides and platitudes – this is a deeply personal account of one man’s remarkable determination to live the best life he can, by remaining true to the values his parents instilled into his very hard head, at a very young age.
Believe in People is a survival guide for the social entrepreneur in all of us—a manifesto for do-goodery—written by one of the greatest philanthropists to ever live, at a time in history like no other. I recommend you read it, and then, as time allows, live it.
Charles Koch is truly one of our great Americans, a man determined to make the world a better place. He is my friend. I know him as a searcher, a kind man, not content to sit back and enjoy the fruits of his personal journey. Instead, he felt it essential to encourage others to find their individual passions and what it is they love and do well. Encouragement like this can change the paradigm of people’s lives therefore empowering them to recognize the same in the next person. We all have something to offer and the message such as in this book can be the spark that changes lives. We all want to know how Charles Koch did it. The answer lies within these pages.
Believe in People offers a unique look at how the fundamental features of entrepreneurship, and inspiring and investing in individuals who are passionate about solving problems creatively, are essential to overcoming long-standing economic and social challenges in the US (and abroad). Charles Koch shares stories from his own life as well as those of other people and organizations that took risks, empowered from the bottom up, forged partnerships with unlikely partners and used sound business practices to tackle entrenched problems. Charles offers a roadmap for how we each can harness the power of entrepreneurship and individual contribution to build more resilient communities and find real solutions to many of the problems we confront in America today. In the process, Charles shares lessons from which we all can learn and a means to achieve solutions-focused engagement with each other going forward.