Tyson Adams left a well-paid sales job in Seattle, bought a one-way ticket to Asia, and had a “crazy” dream about importing coffee to finance community efforts in Laos. He has now built a successful social business called Jhai Coffeehouse that not only supports local coffee farmers, but also finances essential wells for clean water in Laos.
In this episode of A Congruent Life, Tyson shares about:
- deciding to leave his sales job and buy a one-way ticket to travel,
- the spiritual awakening and subsequent dream that he had about using import proceeds for education in Laos,
- learning about the wellness benefits of meditation and seeking out teachers in Asia,
- the insight about being less afraid of the unknown than having the known come to an end,
- learning to listen to his intuition to step outside his comfort zone and trust his internal compass,
- some of the setbacks he experienced getting into the coffee business and doing business in an unfamiliar culture,
- the experience of starting a nonprofit and seeking a sustainable source of funds,
- embracing a “social business” model, in which the business is operated for profit, but the profits are dedicated to philanthropic goals.
- Jhai Coffeehouse
- Jhai Coffeehouse on Facebook
- Jhai Coffeehouse on Twitter
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