Inspiration for Leaders Who Need It (From a CEO who found the courage to be bold)

First things first—let's get you a shot of inspiration.

Here's Preemptive Love's Jeremy Courtney with words you need to hear today.

“Your work matters. The world will likely be a darker place if you have to throw in the towel or give up or walk away. And so if there's any way that you can hold out another day, I'd just say try. Do it if you can! I know that advice doesn't land the same for everyone. And I know we're not all in the same exact boat. But your work matters.”

“I never feel more hopeless, I never feel more scared... than when I'm far from the front lines. When I am close to the people we love... to the people we serve—even if that means getting shot at or at the risk of something really horrible happening—I feel like I have agency. I feel like I matter. I feel like we matter. And I feel like what we're doing as a global community of peacemakers matters. The risks are worth it, the costs are worth it. And it helps me push in and hold out another day. Maybe that helps someone today.”

Maybe that helps you today. Now, onto the show!

Preemptive Love, a global community of peacemakers, owes their achievements to not holding back but finding something big enough to risk it all for: ending war. Their leadership realized that to get supporters on board, they had to have audacious, pie-in-the-sky plans backed by the credibility that only comes from loving the people you're serving, even when that means you're being bombed or shot at.

Jeremy Courtney, Preemptive Love's CEO and Founder, tuned in from Iraq to bring these inspirational words directly to you. His conversation with Justin Wheeler, CEO and Co-founder of Funraise, is full of stirring stories and honest accounts of Preemptive Love's journey as they took their hard-won, born-in-the-streets blueprints and replicated their success around the world.

Here's a last parting thought, paraphrased from Jeremy: "We're in the people-saving business, not the fundraising business."


Jeremy Courtney

CEO and Founder
Preemptive Love

Jeremy Courtney is founder and CEO of Preemptive Love, a global organization providing relief, jobs, and community to end war. His book, Love Anyway, casts a bold vision for how we can heal all that’s tearing us apart. Jeremy is a sought-after speaker and authority on peacemaking, conflict resolution, and the integration of activism, spirituality, and leadership. He lives with his family in Iraq.

Justin Wheeler

CEO and Co-founder

As a social entrepreneur, Justin helped start two successful nonprofits, both of which became multi-million dollar organizations. He brings over 10 years of experience from the nonprofit sector and was an early team member of Invisible Children, which raised over $50M in the first 8 years of operation.

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