While hiring someone you just met and then telling them they have no set hours and can take a vacation tomorrow, if they so choose, may sound a little crazy to most employers, CEO Sam Decker believes other companies should look into the practice because he says Freesponsibility isn’t simply built on a foundation of blind trust, it’s built on a psychological and social phenomenon called the Pygmalion Effect.
“The Pygmalion Effect says that the more trust you put in someone, the more they will fulfill that trust.”
# I I live in a world of go. Go forth, go on, go in, go further, go for it. It’s this constant go that gives me speed and strength. It’s also this go that gives me impatience, and a desperate need to discover and uncover the world at a rapid pace.
A few years ago I actually told my parents I wanted to make the Forbes List. I was six (just kidding). It was not to win an award, or to be recognized for my work (although it’s totally badass!); it was to accomplish work that was worthy of such recognition. I was inspired by winners of the past, those who had put effort, aggression, passion and perseverance into the everyday, because to make everyday important, is a far greater challenge.
At 28, I’m still learning, adjusting, breaking, bending, growing, and sharpening. But I have learned to attack every day with vengeance - a vengeance to inspire, both others and myself, and a vengeance to do better than my best. To some, this vengeance can seem harsh, and well, it is. It can seem aggressive. It is. And if it seems all too serious, that’s because it is. The energy I put out into the world, the heart I put into my work, the lengths I take to inspire and learn from others, is no laughing matter… because I have made a choice, for every single moment to matter.
At 28, I often get in trouble for my aggression (enter angry emoji here). But I have learned that passion is one of the most powerful tools we have (thanks Dad). This past year, Sheryl Sandberg bravely shared some sob stories, Harvard Biz Review opened the female flood gates with their controversial article, Emotional, Bossy, Too Nice and I too joined the fiery forces. Because risk taking requires heart, and it’s this heart, that has helped me fight my goals, and conquer them with fury.
The Forbes 30 Under 30 List includes 450 movers and shakers who define this go. They are believers (and serious overachievers!) who bridge head and heart, and challenge the everyday. They aren’t afraid to question the quo, or break the boundaries, and I am humbled to be considered one of them. It’s wonderful to be recognized for your work (it takes a village, and there are too many to thank), but it’s remarkable to set your mind on something, and watch the magic happen.
Your life is in your control, so go get it.
The X Prize-like competition is open to anyone with a compelling idea about using technology to help curb America’s epidemic of gun violence.