- Written by Travis Ramos
- Posted 4 years ago
From the Himalaya of Southern China to the lush landscape of Central America, Travis’s experience in developing countries has ignited in him a passion to see marginalized people take the first critical step up and out of the cycle of poverty. Travis works tirelessly toward seeing people gain access to clean water and sanitation, and as founder of Second Mile Water his focus lies in inspiring others to live a better story, become a part of this bigger adventure and create the space for others to be deeply changed through what we do.
Bringing to the table his experience in the developing world and entrepreneurship, an engineering master’s degree in international development, a strong marketing savvy, get-it-done attitude, and a penchant for breaking the mold with innovative thinking, Travis thrives on donning many hats and piloting Second Mile Water forward.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“Love God, Love People.” -Jim Burgen
Book that Moved or Inspired Me:
If I have to choose…it may be between between Papillon, by Henri Charriere, and Kon-Tiki, by Thor Heyerdahl. Both involve gritty, wild adventurers of men – men who weren’t afraid to defy convention and how everyone around them saw reality to shift the paradigm they were surrounded by.
When I was 17 I jumped aboard a coal train and rode it to Denver, sitting just above the roaring wheels.
I met my wife on an epic road trip to California when I was 19.
I drove a 150cc motorcycle across Southeast Asia when I was 20.
Last night I ran directly into the closed bathroom door in the dark, thinking it was open.