We had the good fortune of connecting with FaDarryl Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi FaDarryl, is there something you believe many others might not?
From teachers to popular “self-help” gurus, we are often taught to set goals in order to achieve our purpose in life. Generally, the assumption is that by setting a series of achievable life goals, including choosing an ideal career, you will inevitably achieve happiness, fulfillment, and success. However, it is important to understand that finding your life’s purpose is not the same as finding a great career, and often times great careers do not lead to true happiness or lasting fulfillment. This is a myth that many have discovered, including myself, often after long years of diligently working to achieve a career title or salary value.
A successful life is about more than goals and achievements.
In my life I have accomplished most of the short and long term goals I set for myself within the past 10-15 years. Yet with each accomplishment, I rarely allowed myself the opportunity to feel a moment’s joy at my accomplishments before rushing off to the next task and goal. I was successful at achieving goals, but unsuccessful at finding the happiness that I desired once the goal was completed. Eventually, I discovered that success is not solely and exclusively about achieving a goal or finding your life’s purpose. True success is learning to value and appreciate every step of life along the way to your goals and purpose. Each day you live is purposed, and is a blessing and an opportunity not simply to achieve another goal, but to appreciate and value the opportunity of life itself. Therein lies the true gift of happiness that life generously offers.
A truly successful person does not simply spend a year working to achieve a goal while ignoring the beauty of each of the 365 days that led to that goal’s achievement.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
As the Founder and Executive Director of the Paint the World Project, Fa’Darryl achieves his truest mission and purpose through serving the youth and the underserved communities of the Chicagoland area. In short, the Paint the World Project is a nonprofit created to serve children, teens, and young adults through the arts and integrated mentorship. The organization also serves Chicagoland area communities through food and service donations, while offering several engaging arts programs that are praised for their unique approach in using the arts as an instrument of creative expression and a tool for self discovery and development.
I started the organization using the people and resources I had around me, in addition to the years of experience I have with working with NPOs. Starting the organization was not easy. As a NPO it is difficult to find people who willing to dedicate their time, energy, and resources consistently. I overcome this by doing my best to utilize the people who are dedicated, while openly recruiting and training new members who share the organization’s vision and passion.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned along they way is that the dreams you are willing to fight for are usually the only dreams that survive. Your dreams die at the moment you give up fighting for them.
As for my brand and story, I just want to have a positive impact on the world. I simply want it to be said that I and/or my organization have positively impacted the world and the lives of those I’ve come in contact with. That’s my purpose and the legacy I hope to impart and leave behind.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m new to LA. I moved here from Chicago February 2020 and have spent most of my time indoors due to COVID-19. I haven’t done much of anything exciting just yet. If a my bestfriend visits we will likely spend time exploring the city together. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to Shoutout my performing arts and mentorship organization, The Paint the World Project at www.pwproject.org. Special Shoutout to the students and executive board. Shoutout to my family, friends, and supporters.