Meet Floyd Green, a retired vice president from Aetna turned philanthropist, an advocate for mental health awareness, and a beacon of resilience and vulnerability. Floyd’s journey is one of overcoming challenges, embracing vulnerability, and fostering positive connections. 

After retiring in 2021, Floyd embarked on a new chapter filled with purpose and passion. He sits on multiple boards, pursues a doctorate at the University of Hartford, and founded a consulting company focused on marketing strategies for various sectors, including the arts, healthcare, education, and nonprofits. 

Reflecting on the importance of mental health discussions, Floyd emphasizes, “It’s so important for us to talk about the things that are bothering us.” He acknowledges the stigma surrounding such conversations, particularly among African American men, and advocates for destigmatization and openness.  

He underscores the power of internal dialogue, urging individuals to choose between a mindset of limitation or possibility. “What do we listen to within ourselves? What guides us?” Floyd asks, highlighting the significance of surrounding oneself with positive influences. “Do we operate from ‘no’ or ‘I can’t’?” he reflects, underscoring the significance of choosing a positive outlook. He encourages individuals to embrace transparency and seek support from trusted friends. 

“There’s strength in vulnerability. People get to really understand who you are as a real person. And that requires trust in yourself and trust in the people who are with you. And again, you can’t do that with everyone.” He says. 

Throughout his journey, Floyd encountered skepticism from others regarding his aspirations, such as pursuing a doctorate at 65. However, he remained steadfast, filtering out negativity and embracing encouragement from supportive individuals. “I began to put people in my life that said, ‘That’s amazing,'” Floyd recalls, underscoring the importance of surrounding oneself with positivity. 

Floyd advocates for offering second chances, both to others and oneself. “It’s about what’s inside,” he asserts, urging individuals to forgive themselves and focus on possibilities. He emphasizes, “We need to do a much better job of giving people second and third chances because we all fall short. We all make mistakes. And there are a lot of people that once you make that one mistake, they don’t come back.” 

He acknowledges the propensity to focus on mistakes but emphasizes the importance of forgiveness and growth. “I’m learning to forgive myself, give myself grace,” he shares, highlighting the transformative potential of resilience and continuous improvement. 

In times of difficulty, Floyd emphasizes the importance of seeking support from trusted friends. He encourages honest conversations and vulnerability, noting that true friends will offer non-judgmental support. “Find that trusted friend,” he advises, recognizing the value of genuine connections during challenging times. 

Through Floyd’s story, a powerful message emerges: resilience is cultivated through vulnerability, compassion, and the willingness to seek support. In a world fraught with challenges, his journey offers guidance, reminding us of the transformative power of human connection and self-compassion.

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