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Their mission is simple: to create a better world. Create a better world that, in the eyes of Mike, is currently divided into two categories: those who have resources and those who don’t. “How can people improve their lives when they lack basic resources?” he asks. “How can they expect to give back when they’re worried about whether they’ll have food and water tomorrow?” For Mike and Jenny, it’s about bridging the gap between the two and providing these resources to those in need. Hero’s Journey Having served in the United States Marine Corps, Mike Sherbakov had established several qualities for success early in his adult life, among them hard- work, honor, and integrity. “Just when you’re ready to quit, you’re only get started,” he recalls, one of the many lesson he learned during his time in the service. It was where he had developed two of his three pillars for greatness—be more and do more. While the Marine Corps played a major role in developing Mike into the man he is today, something was still missing. Interested in ways the mind and body can work together, Mike pursued degrees in psychology and kinesiology (the study of human movement). By combining these two fields, he hoped to find ways for businesses to become more efficient in their practice. Little did he know that he was entering a pivotal moment of his “Hero’s Journey,” leading him to eventually discover the third pillar, give more—completing the inspiration for The Greatness Foundation. Jenny found herself at a similar crossroad during her own journey. Following a traditional path to success that included graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and seeking a career in the business world, Jenny had a head start on climbing the corporate ladder; a path that led her to play an intricate role in the development and eventual acquisition of a StartUp. Yet, all the corporate success couldn’t bring her complete fulfillment. She too was missing that third pillar. Risking everything she had ever worked for and going against the advice society had drilled into her, she decided to give it all up to travel the world. As chance would have it, her path crossed with Mike’s during a backpacking trip, where he encouraged her to join him on one of his service projects. She accepted the offer, and hasn’t looked back since. Today, their team is 12 board members strong, with 30 full-time workers at any given time, not to mention the countless number of volunteers that have been involved throughout the years. Those numbers are only expected to increase as the foundation continues its rapid growth. Be More Take some time to explore their website, and you’ll find a plethora of content. Concise and spoken and with clarity, Mike shares several educational videos, guiding those watching to find their strengths, shift their perspectives on negative emotions into tools to better themselves, and overall tips on how to reach your potential. In one of his most notable videos, “The Hero’s Journey,” Mike reminds us that we are all living out versions of our own Hero’s Journey, and encourages us to take that step to fulfill our calling in life—to be more in our journey towards greatness. Do More Coupled with their educational content are the programs the foundation has been involved with over the last several years. Their humanitarian efforts span the globe, focused on many countries in Central America and reaching as far as Europe and Southeast Asia. Jenny often reflects on the impact she, along with their team of volunteers have made during these adventures and is constantly looking forward to the next opportunity to do more. Last August, they had the pleasure of witnessing one of their ongoing projects come to completion by opening a vocational school in Jiquilillo, Nicaragua. Built entirely with eco-friendly, recycled materials, watching a school go from an empty …