Ami's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Design Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Portland, OR

AMI DAR

Executive Director
Idealist.org

“When you're 35, what you did or didn't do at 23 doesn't matter. There's a sense that everything you do now is really, really important, and it is. But it's not that important. You'll figure it out later.”

INTERESTS:

Entrepreneurship Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Societal Pressures Courage Self-Reflection Fulfillment Culture Values

FOUNDATION:

Upholding a Cause and Belief

TAGS:

army, courage, decisions, faith, fear, finding yourself, intuition, job, law school, manager, marketing, medical school, money, New York, nonprofit, optimism, Regret, travel, world, worry

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Born in Israel; grew up between Peru, Mexico, and Israel, speaking Hebrew, Spanish and English.
  • After serving three years in the Israeli army, he came home and his family started pestering him to go to law school.
  • He knew that wasn't his passion, and decided he needed to keep traveling to learn more about himself.
  • He backpacked around South America; around this time, he realized that his goal in life was to connect everyone who wanted to work for a good cause.
  • That bright idea came years ahead of the creation of the Internet, so it was put on the backburner while Dar took other jobs.
  • At 30, he took his life savings and moved to New York City, optimistic that things would work out despite having no plan.
  • Shortly afterwards, he was first introduced to the Web; he realized he'd finally found the means to properly connect people to nonprofits.
  • Says there's no such thing as "wasting" time, but if something makes you happy, you shouldn't feel a need to stick around and see it through.

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