Gret Glyer (@gretglyer) graduated from Grove City College in 2012 with a degree in Entrepreneurship after transferring from Christopher Newport University. At just 27 years old, Gret is an entrepreneur, startup founder, and philanthropist.
Immediately after graduation, Gret worked for Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, where he advanced so quickly that the company changed its bylaws to prevent others from advancing as fast. After only a year, Gret tired of Corporate America and took a risk by leaving Enterprise, a stable job with a promising future.
Upon leaving, Gret moved to Malawi, Africa to tackle poverty alleviation. In less than 2 years from graduating college, Gret founded HOWMs, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that builds houses in Malawi. If that’s not enough, Gret crowdsourced $100k+ to build an all-girls school in Malawi through a brilliant YouTube campaign. Today, after raising money from investors, Gret is confronting world poverty head-on through the tech startup he founded, DonorSee.
In this episode, Gret and I discuss his story and a ton of actionable items, including:
- How to graduate with a 2.8 GPA and found a world-changing tech startup without a tech background
- Why “getting in the game” is the best advice for an entrepreneur
- How to crowdfund $100,000+ using YouTube
- How to stand out, conquer fear, and thrive as a result
- How to fail effectively and why it matters
- How to limit distractions
- Why interning/working is the best way to develop self-awareness
- How to effectively take risks and why not to play it safe
- How to identify the point of diminishing returns and move on from a job or internship
- How to transfer college and make friends
- The value of “small wins”
- The pros/cons of attending a small college
Gret’s “tweetable” advice for college students: “If the only thing holding you back is fear, you have to do it.”
I’m so excited about Gret’s work that I have partnered with him. Together, we are offering students a free trip to Malawi to hang with Gret and immerse themselves in poverty alleviation, economic policy, and entrepreneurship. Here’s how you can win. Plus, 100% of every book I sell during the contest period goes straight to HOWMs. My goal is to fund the construction of 100 houses.