We had the good fortune of connecting with Carol Farabee and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Carol, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Psalm 12:5 NIV, that says, ‘Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the LORD. “I will protect them from those who malign them.’”

There is a point in our lives that we face ourselves and what we have accomplished. We look at what we based the accomplishments on and how we arrived at that point in our lives.

We question on what drives us and why. This is what every person faces before their life ends on earth.

The question is what do we discover about ourselves and what is our next step.

I am on the downside of life on earth. My health is good but I have lived more lives then I have left. Therefore I question on how I am going to spend those last years.

I have written several books and I came across this Psalm 12:5 while writing. These are also important. “The measure of a man is in his acts.” and “We Stop The Hurt.” were two other phrase I used.

When we think about what society’s expectations are, we find that they want us to follow the rules and obey the laws. Do not cause chaos. But at the same time there are those that engage in disruptive technologies and business. We have made progress in medicine, technology and financial decisions that have provided us with great benefits. But in the process we have lost a part of what makes us human. The caring factor.

There are too many homeless, too many that suffer from domestic violence and there are other social impact situations that bring Psalm 12:5 to mind.

Success is in the mind of the individual. I work with nonprofits and for profits that want to change the quality of life for many people. It is not always easy to do this when we are fighting City Hall. The appropriation of funds, oversight on where those funds go and how do we get their attention for those that need help.

We are a society of placing people in categories. We have to identify what category they belong to understand their makeup. We do a disservice to many when we do this.

The concept is that if a person is homeless they want to be homeless. They have substance abuse addictions and are a dredge on society. There are foster care children that are treated like they are their parents and will grow up to be criminals or druggies.

My success has been to see through what society wants us to see and work with those that are trying to change lives. We are looking at each individual as an individual and not put them in a category except as a part of the human race. We see the future of our planet and embrace the youth of today. They are our future. We need to provide them with opportunities to change their quality of life and help them to feel value in themselves.

My success is their success. My success are those that are given the opportunity to have a better quality of life and embrace it. My success are those foster kids that live through the abuse and find themselves through the help of others. My success is to make a difference in every person I touch, every person that is referred to me to help them make changes that save lives.

My success is not wealth in dollars but how many can I reach, teach and touch to help me “Stop The Hurt.”

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
How do I sum up 72 years of being on the planet?

I am the 2nd child of 8 children, a Veteran, worked 30 years in Corporate America, 25 years or more in Information Technology, and have degrees in Fine arts, Sociology, MBA and an MS in Systems Engineering. I teach anything IT, business and government at the University.

I have several nonprofits, a few for profit businesses and my Publishing company. I have written at least 50 books and I completed my 20 books series of teens in the west.

I mentor nonprofits and for profits in organization development, startups. I have created a Community Learning Center, Tech Academy, Sports Academy, and working on a Health Village.

What sets me apart is a long life of working with others to find those cracks in the surface of humanity and fix them. Working with women who have a story to tell and helping them write it and publish it.

I talked with a man two weeks ago the wants to help the Veterans and he said he felt he was on an island by himself.

I let people know that the island is crowded with others that care.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The hardest question for anyone is where do you go in your own city or state. We live here therefore we don’t always see what others might like.

One of the places I would take them is Tombstone. I love the west and I believe there is a lot of character left there. That is a true picture of what it was like. The wood boardwalks, the newspapers and the Bird Cage saloon. It is not a large as it shows in the movies. There is the museum part that is priceless. It shows how many women ended up there because their husbands died and they had no other way to make a living.

I would take them to Sedona. Great place to feel the vortex and they have built the town up so it is interesting. There are a lot of American Indian jewelry there and of course those red hills. Great artists to visit and talk with.

We have many sports activities and it depends on the time of year but a game is always a good place to go.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My success is partnered with the change makers of society. Those that care about their fellow man and want to change things for the better. Their reward is not dollars but that families, youth and individuals that find a better life and open doors to a life well lived.

I work with a lot of for profit and nonprofit organizations that want to help others. These are the people that help me with success. Every time they learn how to measure their success, list their goals and develop a strategic plan that strengthens their drive and commitment to help others, I am successful.

These are the people I could not do what I do without. They are the change makers that are going to help the world of man see the difference those that care can make.

Website: https://www.farabeepublishing.com/Farabee-Publishing.html, https://cooperativecollaborationcoalition.org/, https://www.youngwritersfoundation.org/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carol-farabee-665641b/

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