Cyrus the Solution on Inspiring Communities
by on February 20, 2017 in Community Engagement Interviews

Thanks for joining us Cy. Can you tell us a bit about the company you created and the work you do?

I created a company called “AWiseWay.com”, which is a platform where I interview professionals and use their testimonies to inspire young adults. I also travel the nation speaking at high schools and colleges about various topics. The general message being that everyone has greatness within them.

What are some of the most exciting moments in your work?

My most exciting moments are interacting with people. I love to speak, I love to hear what people are going through, I love to listen, I just love everything about interacting with people to help them build upon the self knowledge they currently have. It’s exciting to talk to someone while they are being truthful. I know when people are being themselves, they offer something to the world that no one else can. I love to just hear what people are offering to the world.

How do you stay engaged when it feels challenging or when you are fatigued?

Honestly, I don’t get that challenged or fatigued feeling. I’ve been working with non-profits and the community since I was 14 years old and I’m 30 now. I’m the youngest recipient of the Humanitarian Award for the State of Ohio, and I sacrificed my life (literally) to live in manners to uplift others. My grandma always told me that the people who are trying to make this world a bad place are not taking any days off. So I’m always excited to embark on new journeys to help people.

What are the benefits to getting involved locally? Has it taught you anything about LA specifically? Has anything surprised you?

The benefit of getting involved locally is the networking. I’ve gotten a chance to meet so many great people who try their best to make the world a better place. We all have unique ways to improve the world, I love seeing the many ways we all can do so.

What it has taught me specifically about L.A. is there are huge financial barriers between one another that I have never seen in other places. L.A. is one of the only places I’ve seen where a homeless man can ask a billionaire for some change regularly. That has helped my perspective a lot.

What surprised me about L.A. is the characteristics of people in different cities that are only 10 minutes away. In Hollywood I can hold the door open for someone, they’ll walk through it, and never say Thank You. Then I can go to North Hollywood, and someone will hold the door open for you when you are 20 yards away, and wait for you to get through. Then in Santa Monica, all the doors are already open, no one needs to hold them at all, LOL

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