How do you support the causes you believe in? Are they personal commitments or part of your business? For activist and entrepreneur Raúl Colón, those two are intertwined. “My job is to support those causes I believe in, and for those causes to achieve their objective,” says Raúl, about his work to help with hurricane and earthquake relief and other causes in Central America and across Puerto Rico.
In honor of Veterans Day we caught up with Raúl Colón, an activist and entrepreneur who structures his life to do good in the world.
- Start with an open heart…”how can I help?”
- Ask what’s needed, don’t assume you know someone else’s experience or what they need.
- Go all-in, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes while learning.
- Be authentic in your relationships. Don’t just reach out because you need something. Be sincere.
- Your business can be your activism, or you can manage your business to learn a livelihood and lifestyle to fuel your activism.
- Bring and do what you know. As an activist who is an amazing photographer, Raul’s on-the-ground images have been featured on CBS and other media outlets.
About Raúl Colón
Raúl Colón’s experience as an entrepreneur allows him also to support social and environmental causes. At Limonade, Inc, he coaches activists into achieving successful crowdfunding campaigns and improving their communications to reach their overall goals.
Having served in the US Military for 9 years Raul’s first job was in the supply and logistics, it made it easy for him to organize himself when he dove in to help organize relief efforts in Puerto Rico. “Two humanitarian missions as a translator in El Salvador and Honduras helped me jump into action and identify certain needs that those near the issue might not see. More importantly, making those connections to get help.”
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