Michael Brosowski willingly admits that it was never in his plans to move to Vietnam and embark on the world-changing journey he’s found himself taking as the head of child protection charity Blue Dragon.
As an Australian country boy who lived in a caravan when housing wasn’t affordable for his family, the path his life has taken seemed unfathomable at an early age. However, by staying flexible, recognising areas of opportunity and following his heart, Michael has been able to make the most of every chance he’s been presented with.
Speaking to Angela on The Brew, Michael divulged his secrets to intertwining passion and work. Having harboured a long-time ambition to become an English teacher, Michael did just that after graduating from university. But, after becoming transfixed by the culture due to having many Vietnamese students in his classes, Michael decided to pack his bags and follow his intuition overseas.
Despite not having a set plan when he arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, Michael says that he never panicked and instead let life come to him. He believes that this is something that business owners can learn from. By adopting a flexible plan that he “moulds at the edges”, Michael says he and his team at Blue Dragon have been able to “constantly adapt to the need”.
One of Michael’s best business assets is the ability to recognise areas of opportunity. Having started to help Hanoi urchins while working at a local university, Michael tried to find a larger charity organisation to assist on a larger scale. Having failed to find anyone willing to take up the job, Michael decided to do it himself. “Here I was looking at a problem and asking someone else to do something about it. It was a gradual process of realising, ‘I’m here, I can do something about it’,” he said.
And do something about it he did. Under Michael’s guidance, Blue Dragon has saved over 660 homeless youth on the streets of Hanoi from human trafficking and paedophile rings. He describes his mission statement as providing exceptional care to homeless children and changing the world with a ripple on effect. In 2011, Michael was recognised for his amazing work with a CNN Heroes award.
To hear more of Michael’s inspirational story and learn more of his business tips, listen to Episode 19 of The Brew.