In 2014 my father was diagnosed with a rapidly growing blood cancer that almost took his life. He made it through many chemotherapy treatments and his younger brother gave him a stem cell transplant. That saved my father’s life.
Two months later we were shocked and saddened because my uncle that gave the transplant somehow had a baseball size tumor in his lungs even though he was a non-smoker. Two months after the diagnosis and lots of treatments, my uncle passed away.
In the hospital, one of my Uncle’s childhood best friends expressed to me that this was one of the worst days of her life. Not only was her close friend going to pass away but her only daughter was about to give up moving back to Hawaii because she couldn’t find the right job for her and her husband. I offered to help, as I’ve done many, many times before for others. I sent out her resume to a few people in my network and it ended up on a few hiring manager’s desks. Turns out that one of them had just gotten the perfect position approved a couple days prior. She was able to move back and I also did my best to help her husband.
Fast forward 4 years…I broke my back and spent weeks in the hospital learning how to move and walk again. This gave me a lot of time to think about what my life is about and why I’m here. I was looking for a deeper reason for starting Brain Gain Hawaii and I got it. I received an email from my Uncle’s friend telling me that she was so thankful to know me because without my help she wouldn’t have her only daughter, her husband and grandkids back in Hawaii with them. Both her daughter and son in law are in great jobs and their grandkids continue the family legacy by attending Punahou School.
So I thought, “Wait a minute? I started a recruiting and consulting company for business reasons but now the focus is going to be on strengthening families, community and Hawaii by not only helping people that live in Hawaii but focusing on helping Hawaii expats come home.” That’s where the name Brain Gain Hawaii came from.
I have a theory. There are 3 main ingredients to a balanced life. They are health, relationships and career. If any of these are out of balance, our lives are out of balance. These are the areas we focus on helping and Brain Gain Hawaii specializes in the career portion of that trinity.