PODCAST: S5:EP4–Brian Ford, For Purpose

Join us for S5:EP4 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast as Brian Ford, Co-Founder of For Purpose sits down with our host Roy Kessel to discuss the insights on For Purpose!

Brian started Self Improvement Daily in 2018 as a way to hold himself accountable for his own personal development. The demands of creating daily content required him to constantly pursue self-education, and implement the concepts he shared on the podcast in his own life. His personal growth is mirrored by the growth of the podcast, which now gets more than 80,000 downloads a week.

Through the exposure and reputation he has earned as the host of Self Improvement Daily, Brian has become a thought-leader in the personal development space and has been able to pursue many unbelievable opportunities like delivering a TedX Talk titled “Do it for the story”.

Brian is a former Division 1 Student-Athlete, the lead marketer in a high potential health-tech startup called RecoverX, and is a for-purpose leader driven to make a positive difference in this world.

For Purpose is a social impact platform that is modernizing what it means to be a philanthropist. Social impact is not about how much money you donate or how many hours you volunteer, it’s what you do with what you have. For Purpose is making philanthropy more approachable and accessible to everyday people and helping them realize their ability to contribute. Their goal is to make “making a difference” more straightforward and doable than ever!

For Purpose is organizing the BurpeesForVets Challenge!

Brian Ford joins our host Roy Kessel on S5:EP4 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast


  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:35 Developing His Passion for Sports
  • 02:50 Being a Two-Sport Athlete
  • 06:25 Studying at UC Davis
  • 09:50 Steps After Going to School
  • 13:50 Plans After Hyperice
  • 17:10 For Purpose & Support
  • 20:55 Three Key Pillars of Veteran Transition
  • 25:55 What’s on the Horizon for 2022?
  • 28:45 The Five Co-Founders
  • 32:55 Brian as Commissioner of MLS
  • 38:00 Parting Words


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