Jason C. Platt

Jason’s Story

“Stories are data with a soul.” -Brene Brown

Meet Jason - Jason's Story72dpiJason was born in Garland, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, Texas. He and his family moved to Houston when he was four years old and he has called Houston home ever since. Jason grew up in a wonderful, loving home, playing all kinds of sports and, of course, picking on his younger brother.

Scientists have studied and some believe that you figure out what you will do with your life between the ages of 7-14. At age 15, Jason started working by walking ditches in a nearby developing community picking up trash for minimum wage. He jokes about the scientists’ study and says, “I don’t have any proof that their hypothesis is correct, but at the age of 15, I knew what I didn’t want to do – and that was pick up trash, in ditches, in August, in Houston!”

At that point in his life, he decided to become a lifelong student, to constantly learn and grow and to develop himself to live a better life; however, without realizing then, he had a problem. He believed he wasn’t as smart or could learn as fast as the other students. “I always believed I wasn’t as smart as everyone else,” he laments.

It was not until his senior year in high school that he decided to enroll in the advanced government class. After the first half of the year, and seeing his poor grades, his teacher called him to the front of the class. Publicly, and humiliatingly, his government teacher said he should seriously consider dropping the advanced class and enrolling in the academic course if he wanted to graduate.

“I was completely embarrassed. It was almost like it was validation for me that I was dumb,” Jason says. However, it was the turning point for him. “Right then and there I decided to prove to him, and more importantly my assumptions about myself, wrong.”

He became a quick study, going in early, seeking tutoring from smarter people, going home later. He locked himself in his room and re-wrote all of his notes. I started to ‘get it.’ It clicked. Learning, comprehending, getting along with other people, discipline. It was as if I figured out how to open a safe that had been locked forever. It just opened.”

After high school, he went on to attend Texas State University – San Marcos where led multiple collegiate organizations. “I learned more lessons on leadership and management in college than any of the previous years combined, and the majority of those lessons came from outside the classroom.” One of the most important events that happened outside the classroom was also one of the most tragic in all of human history, September 11, 2001. Jason sat in an early morning history class, not knowing the history being written outside the classroom. “This day changed all of us. It certainly changed me, but for a different reason. This is the day I choose to lead.”

He earned his undergraduate degree in Organizational Communication, and became certified as a Human Capital Strategist. He has since helped lead organizations to success through developing and leading their human capital departments. He has written, spoken and been coached on leadership and success principles and his purpose to “call forth great leaders” by passing those lessons on.

Jason’s favorite saying is “The greatest thirst in all organizations, communities, and society today is the thirst for leaders. Be one.”