After co-founding Mindscape in 2001, Brand has overseen his company’s growth year after year. But the momentum he is working with now wasn’t always behind him. Like many people, Brand battled his share of personal issues, including the not-so-distant passing of a loved one and the financial insecurity of being an entrepreneur with a dream.
With those days in the rear view, Brand is using his experience to help others bounce back.
“What drives me is helping people realize they are significant,” he said. “Whether you’re homeless or a multi-billionaire, people’s biggest fear is not mattering.”
Through his work mentoring entrepreneurs or his efforts on the board of Family Promise, an organization that provides hospitality services to families in crisis, Brand is committed to empowering people so they can get their lives on track.
“It’s really easy to watch the guy get out of his BMW wearing a slick suit and think that’s what success looks like,” he said.
To Brand that’s not the kind of inspiration people need. Instead people need to look inward and promote their strengths.
“If I can help people realize happiness and not sell out and spend all of their time and effort doing something they hate just to pay the bills, that’s my goal,” he said.