I am Brian Beckham, I grew up between the United States and Europe, and from an early age, I was taught nobility is not the right of birth but through actions, so service and commitment to others were a strong part of my upbringing.
When it came time to choose what to study at University the choice was simple; medicine and psychology however I never knew how I was going to apply these to my future looking forward. After receiving doctorate degrees in medicine and psychology I worked with several United Nation intergovernmental organizations and Charities.
While the work was fascinating I felt a hunger to be more directly involved in helping those who need my services most. So after I return to the United States I set upon opening a non-profit Substance Abuse and Mental Health Clinic that would serve working-class families on a sliding payment scale.
We found this was the group of people that were not eligible for government services due to higher income but did not have the financial resources to receive such care.
One of the most challenging things in this endeavor was navigating the legalities of a non-profit, dealing with multiple state boards as well as reaching the target audience that we were striving to help.
On a typical day, I divide the workday between staff meetings, group, and one-on-one sessions. This is all before budget meetings marketing in a plethora of other things that are required to run a midsize nonprofit. Each day I must ensure we are in compliance with all state and federal regulations.
The one piece of advice I would give to my younger self along with being the one thing that no one ever tells any entrepreneur is that being humble will take you a great way, turn to ask for help. It’s okay not to know how to do something.
It’s okay to allocate responsibilities to other people even the captain of the mighty ship and the admiral of the greatest fleet needs others. I need them to help keep everything afloat and moving forward, there is no place for pride when it comes to being a success.
Out of all of my accomplishments, all the honors and titles the one I hold most dear is being a part of the life management clinic and the work we do.
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