In her new book, “The Power of Meaning“ published by Crown and released last week, Emily Esfahani Smith seems to channel a sad lament often heard in Silicon Valley: I have a good job, I’m paid well, I have interesting friends, I am busy doing stuff, but something is missing. All these things should make me happy, but I am not! We think one of our jobs at Camp BizSmart, the world’s leading experience for aspiring entrepreneurs age 11-19, is to turn that view of life on its head and point the way to making a difference and therefore making meaning!
We asked Emily her opinion about the role of entrepreneurs and here is what she says: “Meaning lies in serving others – and I think that spirit lies at the heart of entrepreneurship, which us ultimately about filling some need in the world.”
Our 2017 theme at Camp BizSmart is “Being an entrepreneur and solving difference making problems is the path to finding meaning in your own life. Dr. Mike Gibbs, CEO and Cofounder of Camp BizSmart and BizSmart Global says it like this: “We want to tell the next generation of idea makers and world shakers that feeling good about your place in the world comes not from what people do for you, but what you do for others. It’s a huge mistake to depend on people and events, things external we cannot control, to make us happy – not possible – the search is never done. Meaning happens when we decide to take charge and control our own destiny. To give back by sharing our time, talents and passion for the benefit of others.”
We are very excited to announce that on Tuesday, April 11, BizSmart Global and Camp BizSmart will sponsor several invitation only events for our advisors, friends and families to meet Emily, hear about her journey and about what brought this wonderful new book to reality, and participate in a discussion of ” The Power of Meaning”
Emily Esfahani Smith, the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters (Crown), writes about psychology, culture and relationships. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, New York Times, The Atlantic and other publications. Emily is also a columnist for the New Criterion, and well as an editor at the Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Emily’s book has been reviewed by the Wall Street Journal and others.