A word from Stout‘s Founder & Publisher Christi Hester
As we find ourselves embracing the concept of #ApartTogether in the midst of Covid-19 we need more than ever to Bring Out Our Stout.
“Hold fast and stay true, believe in what you’re doing.”
I’m not a Navy Seal, but heard this quote in a fireside chat with Jill Ellis, 2x World Cup Coach of the Women’s US Soccer League while covering Stout leader Ingrid Vanderveldt’s Billionaire Weekend for Women. Of the many great leadership moments we captured there, “hold fast and stay true” really resonated with me and I can’t imagine a more appropriate mantra for us all to embrace through the challenging time we face right now.
Purpose is the ultimate and underlying foundation to propel us to succeed in life and especially through a crisis. From those in the trenches-the medical and public service community, grocery stores and food, transportation and delivery services-to those currently suffering COVID-19 and families dealing with care and some even death, and to the rest of us who might feeling lost or uncomfortable with the uncertainty of what’s next…I hope that we can all “hold fast and stay true” and carry forward with purpose. Determine what you CAN do and take one bold step to make it happen-here are some ideas to get you started:
We began 2020 at Stout focused on connection-on narrowing the void created by our “always on” dedication to devices and screens which have now, ironically, become the lifeline keeping us connected. As we continue to keep our distance to #flattenthecurve, here are some ways to stay connected while we are #ApartTogether:
We’ve been hard at work this year at Stout Magazine on our goal of expanding our programming through seminars, workshops and the launch of our purpose podcast (stay tuned on that), but we’ll be turning our focus this month to bringing you more “social-distancing friendly” means to power up your purpose. Look to our Stoutways, Monday Motivation and Leaders Speak archives for inspiration now and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram for new takeaways to inspire, educate and help you stay purpose-centered when it’s hard to see what’s below or ahead.
Now more than ever, the STOUT principles of being bold, brave and determined are exactly what’s required. Keep washing your hands, not touching your face (it’s hard!), buying only what you need, sharing what you have and above all “holding fast and staying true”.
Founder & Publisher of Stout Magazine