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Jared Folkins – 18 YRO Manager To Education Security To Human Hero

Jared Folkins understands people, technology, and the world around him. He can smell a toxic environment from a mile away and has used that EIQ spider sense for good. Jared shares with us some VERY personal stories (tear jerker warning!) in integrity and life decisions as well a bunch of on the job war stories including a famous one featured in the news! This is probably my most dramatic episode yet.


  • At 18 got promoted to manage a team of 50, because he wasn’t lazy.
  • In hindsight was able to see indicators of the dot com crash, but didn’t realize that.
  • Had a fork in the road where he had a major decision to make.
  • Jared shares with us a VERY personal story and the life lesson from that which he applies in his professional life.
  • Having low tolerance for toxic relationships, Jared has been able sense toxicity and it’s been a driving force for good for him.


  • “I believe in the power of admitting when you’re wrong.”
  • “I carry my guilt between my shoulder blades.”
  • “When I make that mistake; When you have a team that you can trust or a team that honors you, you have the freedom to say stuff like that.”
  • “You can only control you.”
  • “Constraints can be healthy.”
  • “Stepping outside of your comfort zone… super healthy too.”
  • “If someone tells me this person… is not a good person, I’ll actually go meet that person. I want to asses it for myself.”
  • “You get rejected, don’t get super emotional… just work with what you have and move on.”


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