Transforming a Career Setback

CareerCast - Life-long Career Development

Richie Norton How do some people face obstacles and transform them into personal and professional advancement? Are they extraordinary? Richie Norton, author of The Power of Starting Something Stupid, believes that we all have the capacity to turn challenges into significant opportunities. In this CareerCast, Richie shares his insights, lessons learned, and direct experience on how you can turn a current challenge into something clearly beneficial.

Aired October 18, 2013

Richie Norton is the best-selling author of The Power of Starting Something Stupid and Résumés Are Dead: And What to Do About It. He is an international speaker and consultant for the corporate-growth and personal-development industries, a social entrepreneur, and CEO and founder of Global Consulting Circle.

Richie has been featured in Forbes, Businessweek, Young Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, and other national publications, both in print and online. The 2013 San Francisco Book Festival named The Power of Starting Something Stupid the winner of the business category and the grand prize winner of all book categories in its annual competition. In 2010, Pacific Business News recognized Richie as one of the Top Forty Under 40 “best and brightest young businessmen” in Hawaii.

Richie founded an international mentor capital company with the mission to help end poverty and helped to establish what is now known as the Mark & Laura Willes Center for International Entrepreneurship, where he also serves on the Mentor Venture Capital Board at BYU-Hawaii. In 2005, Richie was published in the Journal of Microfinance and became a ChangeAid Award winner for outstanding accomplishment in international development, international relations, humanitarian aid, and academic achievement.

He founded the Empower Laie Project, which has educated hundreds of families on principles of self-reliance. Richie helped institute and manage the International Business Conference, where executives of over 100 companies from the United States, Asia, and Canada were trained over three years. He created a joint-venture cashmere export company in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and a joint-venture inflatable-bouncer company in Apia, Samoa.

Richie received his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is happily married and has four boys.

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