After five amazing years of giving shoes, Blake was ready to address another need: vision. On June 7, 2011, TOMS debuted One for One Eyewear, which provides eye treatment, prescription glasses or eye surgery with every pair purchased.Former President Bill Clinton has introduced Blake as “one of the most interesting entrepreneurs [he has] ever met.” And Bill Gates featured Blake and TOMS Shoes in his Time magazine article, “How to Fix Capitalism.”Blake is an avid reader and traveler. He is 34 years old and lives on a sailboat in Los Angeles. A favorite quote of his by Gandhi: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
On September 6, 2011, Blake released his first book, titled Start Something That Matters. In Blake’s own words, the goal of the book is to “…inspire others to go out and make a positive impact, to start something that matters to them.” Its words provide a simple blueprint for readers to transform themselves and the world around them for the better.
The book debuted to positive reviews in The Wall Street Journal and claimed the prestigious #1 spot on The New York Times Best Seller list less than two weeks later. With every book purchased, a new book is provided to a child in need.
Love your work, work for what you love, and change the world – all at the same time.
– Excerpt, Start Something That Matters
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