His name is Rob Lawless, and he is on a mission to spend 1 hour, 1:1, with 10,000 different people to learn about their lives and see what comes of opening doors for no particular reason. Since starting his project in November of 2015, he’s met over 3,800 people across 30 different states and 65 foreign countries and has documented their stories through his Instagram; you can find him at robs10kfriends.
Some incredible press sources have featured Rob, including the Kelly Clarkson Show, NowThis, ABC World News Now,the New York Post, and Ryan Seacrest on his nationally syndicated radio show, “On Air with Ryan Seacrest.” He’s also supported himself by leveraging his social media following 37k+ people to land partnerships with brands, such as Penn Medicine, WeWork, and Peace Tea.
Rob has gotten to know people throughout his journey by envisioning their lives like timelines and asking questions within the F.O.R.D. (family, occupation, recreation, dreams) framework. He’s learned that no matter how young, old or prosperous a person is, we’re all simply doing the best we can with the resources we have in life.
Going forward, he plans to travel internationally for his project, begin speaking about his work, and he ultimately hopes to teach a freshman seminar on the human connection at a local college/university! If you’d like to meet him, feel free to message him on Instagram at robs10kfriends!
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