We had the good fortune of connecting with Robert Strock and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robert, what do you attribute your success to?
I have always had a non-traditional view of success from a very young age. Success to me from the time I was 18 meant that I would feel rewarded, connected, inspired and I could pay the bills! I also realized as a young man that people viewed success like the commercial with a guy on a horse with a cigarette being sexy! There was a definition of success being defined on the outside, and I had an instinct that I had to trust what was inspiring internally. I had a spontaneous in-touchness of whether this (opportunity, relationship, path, etc.) would be meaningful and would it touch me? I wanted to be connected, have integrity and not be harmful. Most important factor was doing what I loved and doing it well. What I loved from a young age was friendship and sensitivity and developing caring relationships. I love people, especially those that are authentic and caring. It became obvious that I was going to be a Psychology major and then follow that as a career. Here, I could do what I loved and get paid for it.
When I Wasn’t Listening. An example of when I was going down the wrong path. When I was going for a PhD, I hated my first homework assignment. I remember smashing my hands on the typewriter (that’s what we had in those days) in frustration. I went for a guided meditation session and in this meditation, I was guided to give myself wisdom. I remember floating in peace and the question was asked: “What should he do about this PhD program?” And the answer came: “Your survival is taken care of; do what you love.” I laughed and cried and sped home to cancel my PhD, and I never looked back. I saw then that I was getting caught up in the outside version of success. But I was already doing what I loved, and didn’t need the PhD. Then at that point, it required discipline. But, because I loved it, I wanted to be disciplined. I was quite naturally focused.
Why I am a Successful Therapist/Philanthropist/Teacher. I love doing what I’m doing. If I’m not feeling alive or at peace, I naturally ask myself –what do I need to do to be more at peace with this? What is the key to finding that depth of love and inspiration, trust, connection, etc. I realized through the years that one of the keys to success is trusting my silence and intuition more. As a therapist, I aspire to listen to you, let you in, be you as much as I can be you, and vacillate between who you are and who you have told me you most want to be. I have a love of people and listening, and I love hearing their best self. This integration is what therapy means to me, and that is a joy.
Success Led to Starting a Foundation. Once I was solid in this path, it became obvious to me that I could do more. I started the Global Bridge Foundation more than 20 years ago, understanding that we could all do more and, besides being a therapist, I could identify and do my best to help the people in the world that were less fortunate, as an extension of caring. When someone is sad, I am affected. Is it possible that I can support them? How do I optimize the opportunity for everyone to succeed and feel good about their life? The foundation started with economic justice and the freedom for everyone to live a fulfilling life.
Final thoughts on Success. I know I’m only supposed to pick a primary reason for success, but this is also important to me. It has become clear to me that the best efforts to love and to care was all I could ever ask of myself. If I failed in the outer world—I ask, “Did I do my best?” If so, then it allows a level of peace. Discipline and best efforts are more important than traditional success.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
From a very young age, it was evident to me that the essence of life was to be loving and be loved. This intention led me to a career in psychology and inspired the creation and purpose of our foundation. My career proved successful by focusing on what I loved which sparked many opportunities that led to financial independence, which gave me the opportunity to have excess funds to sponsor other foundations and create projects on our own. This also includes giving strategic guidance psychologically to corporations and leaders of various other fields.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My story would not be complete without the Acumen Foundation and our partnership spanning 12 years. They are the most efficient, sincere, and intelligent proponents of creating job opportunities for the poorest of the poor throughout the world and the United States, and have influenced the way we function at our foundation, the Global Bridge Foundation. They’ve been both a strategic partner and guide. They prioritize giving loans to set up both third world businesses for women in communities with business plans and funding philanthropic B-Corps to support sustaining models of health in multiple fields. The services that the businesses create are always of benefit to the community in areas that include health, food, ambulance services and solar energy.
Courtesty of Robert Strock