This week’s inspirational individual is President and the Founder of Hopeless Records & Sub City, Louis Posen.
Sub City is the non-profit arm of Hopeless Records. Founded over 20 years ago, Hopeless records has grown into one of the largest indie labels in the world, featuring artists that span a variety of genres. Sub City was founded in 1999 as the label’s charity subsidiary. Through fundraising, as well as through a percentage of revenue from music released through the subsidiary, Sub City has raised over $2 million for over 50 different and worthwhile causes.
“We’re always trying to learn and grow,” Posen says. “As a company we ask, ‘How can we do it better?’ Whether it’s reaching fans, helping our artists grow or connecting to the community, we constantly want to make sure we’re doing our best.”
Posen is clearly a man with a vision – a vision that developed and strenghtened even as his own physical vision deteriorated. At age 19, Posen was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a condition that has now rendered him legally blind at age 42. But Posen has not been stopped by this disability. If anything, it serves to fuel him further, allowing him to develop strength and skills that at first were used to navigate life without site, but have been instrumental in his growth as a leader and business man.
For all that and more, we are truly inspired by Louis Posen. Read below, and find some of that inspiration for yourself.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a filmmaker that influenced peoples’ lives through film. I got my wish only it happened through another medium.
What is your WHY?
My mission statement in life is “it’s not about me”. I believe in doing things the right way based on a goal greater than ourselves. Both music and making a difference for others fall within that philosophy.
What are the biggest challenges/set backs you’ve had to face?
There are always challenges and obstacles in life. We don’t always get what we want and we can’t make others magically do what we want. We have to continue learning, understanding, growing, and adapting. This has been most relevant to me as I have had to adapt to losing my eye sight over the past 20 years.
What are some of the successes (big or small) you’ve had?
Success is waking up in the morning and breathing. Success is defining principles you want to live by and living them. Success is knowing you tried your best to be your best. Success is making a positive impact in others lives.
What piece of advice would you give to someone trying to do what you do, or trying to follow their own dreams?
Listen, learn, laugh and love.
If you could pick one charitable organization to ask our readers to donate to or volunteer with, which would it be?