Just one year into his finance job at J.P. Morgan in New York, Robert Lee traded in his suit and a six-figure salary for a cause much bigger than his bank account.
It started with his core beliefs, instilled in him by his immigrant parents at a young age. His Korean parents taught their children that to waste food was bad karma. Naturally, he was horrified when he found out that many others had a more careless approach to leftovers.
During his studies at New York University, Robert was drawn to join the campus food-rescue club, Two Birds One Stone. They delivered leftover foods five days a week to nearby homeless shelters.
His experience there planted the seeds for a future in community service that he could not have predicted.
He and fellow club member, Louisa Chen decided to take the concept further by staffing the project and operating seven days a week. They won a college entrepreneurship contest and founded Rescuing Leftover Cuisine (RLC) with the $1,000 prize money in July 2013.
Now, RLC is active in 12 States and Robert works full in the nonprofit. To date, RLC has redistributed over one million pounds of unused food in the United States. In an interview with Reader's Digest, he talks about the decision to leave his six-figure job to pursue his passion:
"I compared one hour of impact at J.P. Morgan to one hour at RLC, and the difference was just tremendous," he says.
Robert is an inspiring example of what happens when you find your calling and follow it with all your heart. As Rumi once said, "Let yourself be drawn by the strange pull of what you really love, it will not lead you astray."