It Shouldn’t Hurt This Bad.

“Impact Venture Capitalists!”

Morning Team…

Sorry I’m getting this out late. Saturday morning vs. Friday. But that picture above is what’s beautiful about Impact Club. It gives everyone who wants to make a difference a legitimate vehicle to do so.

A member forwarded me that picture, with the msg:

“Irelyn wanted to wear her shirt to camp this morning so that she could tell others about IMPACT Club…”

Oo-rah! Irelyn. You inspire me. I’m proud of you.

Use your voice – It is, and always will be, “more powerful than your money.” Too often people think they must write a check to impact a life. Which isn’t true. You just need to use your voice. Tell a story, then get distribution (through *free* social media) so that others can hear that beautiful story, crafted.

Inside of Impact Club, one of the 5 Character Types is Growth Hacker.

According to the book Growth Hacking, by Fong and Riddersen, here is the definition of a Growth Hacker. (Noun: A highly resourceful and creative marketer singularly focused on high-leverage growth.)

“Growth Hackers thrive in resource-constrained environments where money is tight and time is of the essence. Through a mix of creativity (skills, vision) and technology (social media, ways to spread a message), a growth hacker is able to hack through the jungle, uncover buried resources along the way, and construct the tools needed to grow a business (or to effect a cause). A growth hacker is the figure-it-out-as-we-go adventurer of Indiana Jones mixed with the problem-solving ingenuity of MacGyver.”

Sounds to me like Irelyn might be a Growth Hacker.

One way to thrive in a resource-constrained environment (whether attempting to grow a business or effect a cause) is to use your voice. Hence, the importance of the first rule of Impact Club:

“We talk about Impact Club.”

Keep it up team – WE WILL hit $1 million annual-projected-donations by year-end.


PS: Thank you TO ALL OF YOU who sent me a message to congratulate me on securing the domain to use, instead of the less-effective versions: TheImpactClub, ImpactClubProject, etc…

PPS: And thank you for continuing to have my back, and the back of all other Impact Club members. I’m in direct-contact with local co-founders, but I know they couldn’t do it without the help of all of you. That’s what TEAM is about.

It Shouldn’t Hurt This Bad

I’m really good at telling stories. And I’ve spent the last 3 years of my life, trying to figure out how to effectively teach this craft to others, so they could be more effective in fundraising or getting clients or impacting kids.

At this point “the ability to craft stories” is engrained in me.

I could do it in my sleep.

In fact, I do sometimes, as I wake with an idea quick to grab my pen and pad of paper next my bed to scribble it down. I’ve gotten quite good at writing in the dark. I don’t even need to see the letters, as I write.

Not everything, though, comes this easy to me.

Not that it couldn’t.

But rather than engaging in a positive-practice, I practiced neglect.

Run with me:

Maybe you’ll find a nugget-of-inspiration in my ocean of misery.

Never quit.

Tomorrow it will be easier!

PS: I’m always seeking inspiration too. Send me a pic or video of you doing something that you’ve been putting off. Hit reply. How has practicing-Neglect in some area of your life, led you to want to change that?


Aug 22nd – Impact Club Frederick (MD – 3rd Event)

Sept 13th – Impact Club Boise (ID – 2nd Event)

Sept 14th – Impact Club Coeur d’Alene (ID)

Sept 18th – Impact Club Fox Cities (WI – 2nd Event)

Oct 4th – Impact Club Eugene (OR – 2nd Event)

More announced soon…


By the end of 2017, we will have raised million+ to fund local charities.

-Ryan Fletcher

Co-Founder, Impact Club – forever Grateful.

PS: Encourage everyone you know to learn the Language of Story. If they do, life, business, fundraising, relationships, the attraction of opportunity, clients, money, love, etc. will be much easier for them.

About IC

Impact Club® is Crossfit® for those who want to make a difference. We are Impact Venture Capitalists. There are local and national leaderboards. We compete. We use our intelligence, connections, propensity to solve problems, committed hearts, and unrelenting conviction to turn small donations into huge impact.