You know how you encounter people on your journey that make you go “wow.” Well one of those people for me is Bobbi DePorter. It would take me 100 LinkedIn posts to really capture how amazing Bobbi is, but I will attempt to share with you her heart, her brilliance and what she has done to combine her passion and purpose to make this world a better place – her formula for Passion + Purpose = World Change.
I know Bobbi because she is the co-founder of the Community Alliance for Youth Success along with Stedman Graham where I serve on the Steering Committee with both Bobbi and Stedman. Bobbi DePorter is president of Quantum Learning Network, a West Coast–based educational company producing programs for students, teachers, schools, and organizations across the United States and abroad.
Bobbi was an early pioneer in the applications of accelerated learning. After studying with Dr. Georgi Lozanov, she co-founded a highly successful business school and then went on to apply the same strategies to school-age children.
Established in 1982, SuperCamp is one of the leading academic summer camps in the U.S. and abroad. It is designed to teach students learning and life skills in an environment that cultivates self-esteem and confidence. The program has helped more than 75,000 students around the world to relearn how they learn and reshape how they view themselves and live their lives.
Quantum Learning Network also produces programs for educators in its leading-edge Quantum Learning® methods. More than 70,000 teachers in 30 states have been trained, impacting more than 20 million children.
Bobbi is an accomplished author with more than a dozen books translated into several languages, including:
· The 7 Biggest Teen Problems and How To Turn Them Into Strengths
· Quantum Success: 8 Key Catalysts to Shift Your Energy into Dynamic Focus
· Quantum Business: Achieving Success Through Quantum Learning
· Excellence in Teaching and Learning: The Quantum Learning System
· Quantum Teaching: Orchestrating Student Success
· Quantum Learning: Unleashing the Genius in You
· The 8 Keys of Excellence: Principles to Live By
· plus the Quantum Learner Series
When I interviewed Bobbi for this LinkedIn post – I learned about her journey to QLN and what was interesting is that while she celebrated a lot of success before QLN in real estate and in building and running the Burklyn Business School, she also had some very challenging moments. One moment was when she hit rock bottom and had to start all over again. I asked her how did she get through those dark times. What she said inspired me. She said that one thing I learned during the time is no one can take who you are away from you. From this place, is where she started to build QLN – starting with the first SuperCamp over 30 years ago.
I also asked Bobbi about why she does this work. She said she feels driven to do this – it is a mission. She told me a story of a young boy in the first SuperCamp that was so introverted and shy and was surrounded by a sea of extroverted kids. Bobbi said she will never forget that moment when that boy got the courage to go to the stage and speak. She said she was so moved by how all of the kids supported him and cheered him on. In that moment, she saw a shift in that boy – she said that is why she does what she does to see the shift in kids. Even after 35 years, she still gets the same level of fulfillment in going to SuperCamp to watch these kids grow and evolve.
I wanted to know what Bobbi would say to someone wanting to live their passion and purpose to help make this world a better place. She said: know who you are and have the courage and confidence to show who you are. When you know this you feel good about yourself and have the ability to navigate the world and go after what it is you want to do and create. Bobbi also shared how important it is to have a vision and begin to take steps in that direction and keep taking the steps. She explained how there are opportunities all around us – we just need the eyes to see them.
So find your eyes to see the opportunities and your vision – now is your time – go do it :).
I would love to hear from you and about your Passion + Purpose = World Change formula – feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit my website at www.careerswithwings.com.