Why empowr? (Part 2)

by Johnny Cash on January 27, 2017

Why empowr? (Part 2)

 

Hello everyone,

By popular demand, here's the 2nd chapter of the Why empowr book, written by one of the empowr founders.

If you're just joining us, if you like you can read the first chapter here.

By the way, many thanks for your thoughtful comments that you left in the first chapter.

It's clear that we are surrounded by revolutionaries (YOU, our citizens) here at empowr. 

I can promise you that each and every comment, each and every word that you leave is being carefully, read and digested. Thank you!

I'll try and post a new chapter every day when there's not another announcement.

 

Chapter 2: My confession

I’m neither a professional writer nor an expert in all of the fields that I discuss in this book, but I am a pretty good computer scientist who is just pigheaded enough to believe that he can make the world a better place for millions of people if he works hard enough, keeps getting back up every time he gets knocked down, and surrounds himself with the right team.

      Before we go any further into what has motivated and driven me and my team so hard and for so long, I want to make a small confession. I’m not a professional writer, so I recognize that this book may have shortcomings. I’m not a political scientist or economist, either, and don’t pretend to be an expert in many of the fields that I write about in these pages. I have great respect for those people who have a deeper knowledge than I of those areas. To achieve my goals, however, I don’t need to be an expert.

One of the goals of this book is to encourage a lively discussion around the problems that I present and my proposed solutions. I sincerely hope that experts, intellectuals, and specialists in each of the referenced fields will become part of that discussion.

Now that I’ve been candid about who I am not, I do want to tell you about who and what I am.

I am a computer scientist that was fortunate to discover at a very early age that he had a talent (software development) and who was inspired by a handful of economists, a few self-help gurus, and some psychology theories. Those men injected big ideas into my head about my own capabilities and motivated me to pursue a life of purpose (or “self-actualization,” as Abraham Maslow calls it) without self-limiting beliefs. And they did that with impeccable timing: precisely at a time when I was experiencing monetary success and realizing how empty that felt because it wasn’t accompanied by a strong sense of purpose.

It’s worth noting that I was also lucky enough to be born into a family that, starting with my grandmother, has given away the majority of its wealth to charitable causes, primarily for the building and operating of orphanages that have enabled thousands of children to receive a respectable room and board and a solid education all the way up to and including a higher education. And they did it quietly and without the usual chest-beating, look-at-me, and stick-my-name-on-everything fanfare that we’ve somewhat grown to expect from philanthropists. If you ever meet my parents or had met my grandmother before she passed, you’d have a hard time believing the level of their contributions because of how much humility they possess and how simply they live their lives.

When you have that type of real-life example to look up to in your home, and then further hit the jackpot when you discover your talent at a young age, you can’t help but feel like you simply don’t have the right to live your life in the service of yourself.

It turns out that pursuing a life of purpose can be a hell of a lot more difficult than it sounds. But, in setting and pursuing that goal over the years, I’ve created a number of businesses designed to make the world better in the hopes of finding the personal and professional fulfillment that I have been chasing. That said, I’m not so delusional as to believe that anything my team and I come up with will change the world overnight or that any of them will be wonder drugs that cure the world’s ailments.

Always faced with the next big challenge or obstacle, my team and I live in constant fear that not only won’t we ultimately succeed, but that we may not even make it to the next chapter of our evolution. So, with this book, I also hope to inspire others to pick up the ball if we drop it. We’ll gladly share our experiences, strategies, and even patented technologies.

I know that a bunch of people and companies claim to be open to sharing their patents and technology; behind closed doors, though, they make sure their lawyers keep everything locked up tight. I take pride not just in talking the talk but also in walking the walk when it comes to this aspect of what we do. For proof of this, please feel free to look at all of the companies that use our patented technologies but against which we are not pursuing any form of legal action, including Facebook, Twitter, and virtually all social media platforms in existence today. If they offer third-party application developers the ability to launch apps in their platforms; or utilize transactions, a credit system, virtual currency, conduct transactions over mobile devices (or any of a few dozen other critical technologies that are essential to their revenue models and existence), they are using technologies that we invented and patented.

To review our patents for yourself, simply visit www.Google.com/Patents and enter my last name (Pousti) into the search field.

The primary reason for our strategy is not generosity or altruism; rather, it’s selfishness. We freely share our intellectual property because we believe, in doing so, our own personal and professional goals will be achieved more quickly and thoroughly. And for us, achieving those goals is more important than the money and prestige that could come from monopolizing our patents and technology.

Thank you for purchasing this book and taking the time to read it. I've purposely written it in a concise format. Most of the people interested in reading a book like this are consumed by their own projects; reading a long book is a luxury they can't always afford. So I’ve edited each section down to bite-size. Even the busiest person should be able to find time to flip through it. I have also encapsulated my key concepts in the titles and topic paragraphs of each section.

I very much hope that you get a lot out of the reading experience and that, by the end, you will share at least a small part of my passion for what the empowr team and I are trying to accomplish. Perhaps you’ll even gain some inspiration and launch your own start-up, which would delight me and my team. So, with these caveats behind me, I’ll give you the quick and dirty on what you’re going to read about.

548 Comments

Khayal Gasimov

Interesting

10 months ago
Dubere

Thanks.

10 months ago
Pranati (Soni)

Really you have had a very hard work and that's the result today. Very nice to know about you. You are an inspiration for us.

10 months ago
Nadezhda Loginova

Thank you! Many of your book will help you find your way and your calling!

10 months ago
Medofouad

My lovely woman, if you need to be my friend, then message me on my email address with your pics, (MedoFouad28@yahoo.com)
Waiting to hear from you and see your pics soon
Hugs and Kiss
Mohamad

10 months ago
Elena Martinova

Very interesting blog!Thanks for sharing information!

10 months ago
Valentin     Beşliu

Asteptam un titlu al acestei carti,o fotografie,numele autorului.
Cred ca interesul apare pe parcurs.
Astept inca,multumesc.
Waiting for a title of this book, a photo, author name.
I think the interest comes along.
Still waiting, thanks.

10 months ago
Marsianec .

Thank You - it was interesting to read, waiting for the continuation.

10 months ago
Olga Rakhimova

Great post. I read with pleasure and gratitude!

10 months ago
Padmaja Panchakarla

Nice Announcement Thanks for sharing JC

10 months ago
Ayman Abusaa

Wonderful chapter, thank you for sharing

10 months ago
Romuald. Cit.***Bal.Em***

Very good and interesting post, thank you!

10 months ago
Aleksander Medvid

I'm likly

10 months ago
Angel Rodriguez Ortega

Great story, I did create a similar business in 1989 called SCUT (Sociedad Cooperativa de Usuarios Telemáticos), ver similar to empowr, as well as was too early for such idea, we develop using PICk Operative System and Videotex platform based in the Iberpack network, Internet predecessor, first public data service based on TCP. Was impossible for us to handle those cost, without the culture for using not even a computer. But most important about your story is the constancy and perseverance, not forgetting to create enough spectacle to foment the culture of use of a new standard, as it will be empowr.
Surely we all together will make it possible with the direction and commitment of people like you, who will not cease in their performance to culminate a dream beyond the current reality. Thank you for start writing this book. Angel

10 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Angel, it sounds like your previous business helps you to better understand what empowr is all about. It sounds like a rather interesting story! What you said about perserverance is really what it's all about. With perserverance, empowr has a chance to succeed. We're definitely glad to have citizens like you who with experience, who can understand what the platform is all about. Thanks Angel!

10 months ago
AsAs HAmbA

Great, thanks

10 months ago
Prashant Dimri

Awesome indeed.
I very much remember the day 3rd April 2013 when I joined this site .Of course I joined to earn something but within 3-4 months I could had realized the mission of the team and overall Scenario of the future of this platform and to some extent ,we have traveled tough roads and approaching beautiful destination.
Thanks a lot Johnny Sir.

10 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Prashant - wow that's impressive that you know and remember your empowr anniversary! You genuinely have such a clear perspective, as you've seen the platform grow from the very beginning. It's always intriguing to hear stories, thoughts, and ideas from citizens like you, since you've witnessed many different stages of the project. Thanks for sticking with us, Prashant! We look forward to seeing empowr's future, too!

10 months ago
Anum Mehreen

Nice,,,, its great

10 months ago
Webspacelog

Go on go on :) ty for sharing this and wish you great day ... ;)

10 months ago
Kelly Wilfrid Fadairo

So inspiring !!!

10 months ago
Iulia Maria Caracostea

Pleasant remembrance, but please enter one, two photos of those times in your exposure.
However it passed over a decade! :)
Thanks!

10 months ago
Ovidiu Coblis

Thank you for these beautiful rows, thanks
for the opportunity to work with you
Congratulations to you, your team, your family.
Congratulations

10 months ago
Adil Nadeem

great post once again.

10 months ago
David Bruyland

Very inspirational post.
Thanks, JC.

10 months ago
Adil Nadeem

Thankyou for this wonderful idea to grow a beautiful community

10 months ago
Shazia .

Thank you for the 2nd chapter. great.

10 months ago
Irina Yantarna

Thank you for sharing this book with us. And thank you for the excellent work done, she's really nice and has great value to so many. Thank you for such inspiring example. With much appreciation to You and Your work waiting to read the next Chapter of this book.

10 months ago
Yanusya Senko

Thank you, it was very interesting. I look forward to the continuation of the book.

10 months ago
Wallace Johnson

Thank you for sharing your passion with us and your goals as they become our goals also. Thank you for the sacrifice and hard work you and your team have accomplished in your pursuit. Look forward to more reading of your book. Thanks.

10 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hey Wallace, thanks for your kind words. But I think it goes without saying that it's also the citizens who have chosen to believe in the system, and who have been the ones to influence decisions and change. Thanks for your support and words of encouragement. It's truly a team effort in every sense! Thanks!

10 months ago
Maham Shakir

interesting blog

10 months ago
Sikhumbuzile Ncube

Every time I read these chapters I feel challenged. I want to be a part of world's solution. I'm enjoying reading it. Keep it coming I'm waiting for the next chapter please Thank you.

10 months ago
Angela Jurmoni

Inspiring and motivating people - this will be the role of this book! Thank you for sharing its content with us.
These are words written by a hard working man, a man of very good condition, with good examples in his life, a man inspired and devoted to a cause! And very talented in writing and exposing his ideals!
Thank you for this opportunity you and your team gave us, this chance to improve our life, inspired by hardwork, devotion and dedication, knowing that If you want to accomplish something in your life, you will find the resources in your mind and your heart to do it well!

10 months ago
Dubere

Thanks.

10 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Angela, your words were really quite touching. Your passion and care for the platform is clear. The book is meant to tell the story of empowr (the why's, the how's, the meaning, etc.). It's awesome to see that its really resonated with you, and that you've been so moved by it. Keep in mind, that empowr would be nowhere without its citizens who can see the big picture, and really believe in it. Words cannot express how grateful empowr is to its citizens who continue to make sure it succeeds. Thanks Angela, and to everyone else who shares such sentiments. Thanks!

10 months ago
Надежда Sibirskaya

Thank you for the book. !!!!

10 months ago
Life Is Everything (faith)

I'm not surprised then why your mind embraces the world. Education starts from the family. Your grandparents starts to mend broken hearts and surely you carry to continue the dream of a good family who cares...and now Empowr is the seed of your commitment and perseverance, very inspiring story, can't wait to read more.....thanks Johnny...God bless you more and all your group.....

10 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Glory, you make a great point in how important education truly is. This is why empowr is so focused on continuing to help improve the education for all of its citizens. We want to see every citizen be successful, and its clear that education really is key. Thank you for the reminder. Thanks Glory!

10 months ago
Md. Ariful Islam

Great news.... thanks u so much...

10 months ago
Gerald Youmans

I will be posting this link today for my people thanks for the book.

10 months ago
Scott D.

Interesting the simple inspiration that put the cart behind the horse instead of in front of it.

10 months ago
Anzela Antonova

I am interested in all the news going on here with everyone and I like to learn about something novom.Ya thank you for the beautiful napisannnuyu chapter of the book and ask prodolzheniya.Spasibo, everything is great!

10 months ago
Olga Zhuravkova

Thank you for the interesting information.

10 months ago
Willie Parnell

INTERESTING TO KNOW!

10 months ago
Dzack Co

Love Reading every second of it.. Next-->
Why empowr ? (Part 3)

10 months ago
M Sajjad

I will be posting this link today for my people thanks for the book.

10 months ago