In February of this year I asked myself a powerful question that changed everything…
“Clint, could you be playing a bigger game in this world, could you be making a larger impact?”
I’m extremely proud of what my team and I have achieved over the last few years in the Dance Studio Owner education space and we have so much still to achieve here but for me personally there was something missing.
My entire life so far has been about education. My biggest fan (aside from my mother) was my Nan. Before she passed away just before my 16th birthday, she was a teacher and I know for sure that my strong teaching gene and obsession with education came from her.
From bossing around my cousins Sian and Blair in the loft of their house and teaching them routines, to going into a primary school when I was 12 and teaching a full Japanese language class on my own; from starting to teach dance at 14 and then at 16 opening my dance studio with a friend.
Fast forward to now where I’m teaching every single day studio owners how to grow their business… well… Education is what I live for. Not only around educating myself but educating those around me. Ask anyone and they will tell you that I’m an open book and if I can help, give you an idea, share a strategy with you… then I will. No holding back.
So when I asked myself this powerful question in February I decided that to make a big impact on the world, I wanted to give back through education and to those children who don’t have the gift of schooling and the luxury of learning from dedicated teachers.
We started actively seeking out organizations we could work with to build a school in those countries where schools are rare and education is sparsely available.
To be honest with you I didn’t think it would be so difficult to find. What we ended up with were a bunch of charities supported by high paying CEO’s and hundreds of staff members which made me wonder how much of the funds we donate will actually go to building the school…
And then June happened. Sitting outside in Austin, Texas with some of my closest friends in business and the idea came up about us together building a school in Kenya, Africa.
Well the rest is almost history. Within a month we had formed a partnership with the most brilliant not-for-profit organization World Teacher Aid. What I love about WTA and Stu and Amy who run it is that the charity is supported by one full-time staff member and everyone else are volunteers. This was so important to me and I wanted to ensure that all the money we raised went into building an amazing school for these children in need.