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Discussion on: AMA with Robert Gelb

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Ben Regier

Hey Robert! Stoked you're doing this AMA. Thank you!

Bus52 is a super fascinating idea! What are some of the most impactful lessons you learned or experiences you had directing this?

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Rob Gelb Ask Me Anything

Aww I loved that project. The stories were incredible and these people who were just doing their thing not for any fame, but because they wanted to help others really resonated with me. I think one of the biggest lessons I learned was that we stand in the way of our own ability to make impact on the world. If you can see the impact that someone makes simply by deciding to, you can't help but feel like there's absolutely no excuse for you or anyone else to make creating impact a central part of anything you do.

I really did love most of the stories we covered, but I think my favorite was "Girls at work" - a general contractor who taught girls who were the victims of abuse and violence how to use power tools. It was heartbreaking, inspiring, and uplifting all at once - definitely check it out -

With organizing the project, it taught me about diving in and figuring it out as you go. We didn't really have any idea what we were doing, we set arbitrary KPIs and just rolled with it. It taught me so much in terms of running a business, producing a large project, and getting better at interviewing people. I always suggest to new grads that if you don't know what you want to do, figure out a project, figure out how to get it funded, and throw yourself into the deep end if you can.