We had the good fortune of connecting with Ben Glassman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ben, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I am(and we) are people of faith. For us that means faith in God that He has our back and loves us regardless of any mistake. Additionally, He has a massive purpose for our lives. That being the case, I say that faith is actually spelled, R-I-S-K. You don’t have faith if you’re not taking risks. Personally, I am naturally inclined towards risk. A few reasons. 1) risk for me means growth. Being uncomfortable for the sake of growth and making a bigger impact. 2) risk is fun, its daunting, it’s scary, thrilling, and energizing. 3) with risk, I get to explore what’s possible. I’m 29 years old and I’ve been trusting God to have my back for nearly 15 years. From travelling the world to “risky” areas of Nepal, to rock climbing, sky diving, having a large and life-giving family of 7, to starting a unique non-profit with huge targets and bold asks with a vision to see family restored. Risk has helped me live a full life at a young age. After all, Jesus said that “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Legacymakers is a 501c3 Non-Profit based out of Southern California. Our mission is to train families to live on purpose. From being pulled in so many directions with countless distractions, being inundated with technology, our pace of life, and overall parental disengagement – families are being left in a state of survival and drift. As a result, societal issues are growing at an alarming rate(think teen suicide, isolation, drug use, and fatherlessness). Through countless hours of research and study, we’ve learned that so much of our adult life is shaped by our childhood, though very little has been done to get to the root of the issue. We believe that when a family learns to live on purpose, through our various programs and training courses, unimportant distractions begin to fall away.
Specifically, we help families get crystal clear on who they are, what they stand for, and what they are going to do about it. Then we apply training and accountability to help them build a powerful family legacy around a common set of core values and a clear mission.
Through our process, we have helped hundreds of families forge a strong and sustaining unity, navigate the varying dynamics of family relationships, build lifelong marriages, inspire moms and dads to say yes 9 times out of 10 to their kids, and overcome big barriers.
What sets us apart is that Legacymakers is about family, and we are family. Family means communing with others, being in it when it’s hard and when it’s glorious. We don’t just provide resources and content, we are literally in the trenches with families as they work to build a more powerful and better legacy than the one they were given. The beauty of our work is that we get to witness transformation and growth in people and families, and there is nothing quite like it.
Legacy is about multi-generational impact. It’s not monetary(though that is a part of it), it’s character, values, identity, dreams, and vision. It takes a lot of work to train a family to live on purpose, but it’s well worth the effort, and we believe our world will look different because of it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We’re residents of Costa Mesa, CA and the coffee scene here is fantastic. There’s a plethora of coffee shops and surf vibes that will surely set in some enjoyable moments. My go to is Bad Coffee.. great people, not too crowded, fantastic coffee. Besides an evaluative espresso, make sure to ask for the espresso tonic with a hint of lavender syrup! Ultra refreshing. You might also check out Daydream Surf Shop and the Lion and the Lamb Coffee. Both unique and worth a visit.
Costa Mesa is called the “city of the arts”.. I imagine that’s due to some prominent performing arts centers, however I’ve never really understood it other than that. Laguna Beach is way more artsy that Costa Mesa. Check it out. Plus the beaches there are beautiful.
Next, we’d have to hit the surf. Tower 9 in HB is fine by me. Other good spots are Trestles and San Onofre. Catch a few waves then head to Bear Flag Fish Co. for some insanely good poke.
My family isn’t much for the city life so we’d likely pass on that unless it was very important to you or something. In that case, some classics are Santa Monica Pier, LA Museum of Natural History, and…. I’m sure there’s others.
However, if hiking, rock climbing, and adventuring is your thing.. definitely check out all 7 of the national parks.
To end it all, we’ll cruise over to the Legacymakers office for some R&R at the pool or jacuzzi if you’d like. 🙂
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Jesus, straight up. But otherwise I owe so much thanks and gratitude to so many people. Parents for the work ethic ingrained in me. The massive support team we have of friends and family. My wife for her many ideas and gentle proddings(behind every good man is a great wife… she’s really the star of the show) Mentor, Robert K of Giving it back to Kids and Coach, Seth S. from Novus Global. Ian and Terrilee for the endless hours they give and support to our family. Many MANY people…