In this episode of the Inspireland podcast we speak to Australian born investor, philanthropist, and global citizen, Bill Liao.
I initially approached Bill to speak to one of the co-founders of the Irish based CoderDojo project, a rapidly growing, volunteer led, free, coding movement aimed at children.
Bill agreed immediately and we set a date. Only when I began my research did I begin to realise that Bill was about much more than just the CoderDojo project.
My interview with Bill was one of the most enjoyable so far as Bill spoke with sincerity about his negative experience of the education system and the scars this left him, the racial intolerance he suffered as a child, his long search for truth, his conversion to sales, the importance of listening, and his hope to reverse climate change in his lifetime.
Bill is a force of nature. His positivity and optimism drives his personal and business success but it is his commitment to his passion projects, WeForest, CoderDojo, and The Hunger Project that he hopes will be his legacy.
Enjoy the episode.
It’s been said before if you wanna succeed more you gotta fail more. That’s the most potent form of learning. If we used pass/fail when we’re teaching kids to walk we’d all be in wheelchairs.
The majority of my school experience consisted of a combination of feeling incompetent and racial vilification.
A used car salesman taught me one of the best sales techniques that I’ve ever heard, one based on pure honesty. In every sale there’s a moment of golden silence and the first person to speak owns a very nice car.
Listen so the other person feels heard, that’s the real key. This is the secret of charisma, to make other people feel heard.
Surround yourself with people who will bring you to another level. That is the only way to have any real control over yourself, to change the conditions within which you find yourself. That’s where the change is.
If you can increase cloud cover around the equator of the planet by 2% global warming ends that day for around 500 years.
Episode notes below
This video by Sir Ken Robinson gets a mention by Bill during the interview.
Bill has an excellent looking book called The Stone Soup Way: How to make something from nothing, you can find out more about it here.
Bill occasionally writes for the Huffington Post. Here’s one of his pieces about preparing for a TED talk
You can follow Bill on twitter @liaonet