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Jared Folkins - 18 YRO Manager To Education Security To Human Hero

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Jared Folkins understands people, technology, and the world around him. He can smell a toxic environment from a mile away and has used that EIQ spider-sense for good. Jared shares with us some VERY personal stories (tear-jerker warning!) in integrity and life decisions as well a bunch of on-the-job war stories, including a famous one featured in the news! This is probably my most dramatic episode yet.


  • At 18, he got promoted to manage a team of 50 because he wasn't lazy.

  • In hindsight, he was able to see indicators of the dot com crash but didn't realize that

  • Had a fork in the road where he had a major decision to make

  • Jared shares a VERY personal story with us and the life lesson from that which he applies in his professional life

  • Having a low tolerance for toxic relationships, Jared has been able to sense toxicity, and it's been a driving force for good for him


  • "I believe in the power of admitting when you're wrong."

  • "I carry my guilt between my shoulder blades."

  • "When I make that mistake; When you have a team that you can trust or a team that honors you, you have the freedom to say stuff like that."

  • "You can only control you."

  • "Constraints can be healthy."

  • "Stepping outside of your comfort zone... [can be] super healthy too."

  • "If someone tells me this person... is not a good person, I'll actually go meet that person. I want to assess it for myself."

  • "[When] you get rejected, don't get super emotional... just work with what you have and move on."


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