Do your own troubleshooting
Courtesy, Jeremy Bloom
Jeremy Bloom began his career as an Olympian skier and was drafted by the NFL as a wide receiver and return specialist for the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers. However, while working at a start-up sometime later, he couldn’t find software to solve his “biggest operational pain point.” To find a solution, he left the company and started Integrate, which now boasts 120 employees. “I’ve always gravitated toward the idea of being a founder,” Bloom says. “Whether it was football, skiing, or entrepreneurship, I enjoy the challenge of forging my own path.” Bloom says he found this career path by being biased toward action. His advice to others interested in turning their passion into a career? “Stop talking about it and go make it happen.” Bloom is also the Founder of Wish of a Lifetime.
Share your story
Courtesy, Rhonda Roorda
At the end of the Civil Rights Era, Rhonda Roorda was voluntarily placed into the New York Foster Care System and adopted at the age of 2. “Growing up, I knew that I was fortunate to have a family and a foundation from which to build. What I didn’t know was that in struggling to find my identity in black and white worlds, which often diverged, I was preparing for the work I was born to do,” Roorda notes. Though she started out in another field, Roorda has spent the last 20 years producing a landmark trilogy of books on transracial adoption (co-authored by the late scholar Rita J. Simon). Most recently, she has received praise for her award-winning book, In Their Voices: Black Americans on Transracial Adoption. Roorda realized her passion for sharing because of her own unique story. For others who are looking to find a career with a purpose, she advises, “Take your passion and creatively find a way that you can share it with the world. The process for me requires curiosity, sacrifice, and a heart of appreciation. But as you walk in your purpose, you will be victorious. You will create a legacy that you will be proud of.”