ImagiNation with Regan Durkin


Regan Durkin

Occupation: KSU Robin and Doug Shore Entrepreneurship Center Assistant Director

Age: 22

Favorite Productivity Tool: Evernote 

Most Recommended App: WhatsApp

Last Book You Read: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Twitter/Instagram handle: @regandurkin

Tell us about your journey. When I was 18, I found myself on the little fishing island of Kalvåg in Norway for a social entrepreneurship summit. There, I met a man named Dr. DeLargy who invited me to be part of his nonprofit’s training the following summer - the International Entrepreneurship Institute hosted on another island, Hilton Head, SC. I said yes, which is my favorite word in the English language. “Yes” always leads us into a wild adventure. It was that summer I discovered my passion - entrepreneurship education - and I met my current partner in crime to this day, Chris Hanks. Ever since, I have helped build the International Entrepreneurship Institute, the UGA Entrepreneurship Program and now the KSU Robin and Doug Shore Entrepreneurship Center. I am so grateful to have made the sacrifices I did early on so I get to live my dream today, and help others do the same. 

What's your favorite part of your day? The morning. I love that grace is new every morning. 

When do you feel most successful? When I feel like I’ve played a small role moving someone from where they are to where they want to be. 

What do you do to recharge when you’re feeling drained? Write. I’ve found that I have to take time to reflect, pray and process through pen and paper to sustain peace. 

What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started as an entrepreneur? Once you commit to doing something great, all the butterflies and rainbows turn to hornets and thunderstorms. It’s so hard to do something worthwhile. I wish I would have known that humility is the best way to deal with setbacks rather than trying to relentlessly prove myself. 

How do you optimize your day? I identify one thing I can do to love one person well. I fall short a whole lot, but if I can do one thing that lasts everyday the unfinished tasks and the dropped balls seem a little less daunting. 

Who is the person/people who allowed you to imagine more? Chris Hanks. He has seen me at my lowest lows and highest highs. He always says yes to my crazy dreams and embraces my absurd expectations. I’ve had several people tell me they believe in me, but Chris not only believed in me, but chose to invest in me for the past 5 years of my life, unconditionally. He saw something in me that no one else, not even I, could see. 

What does imagining more mean to you and your story? Imagining more means living out of a place of abundance. It’s believing that more is available to you. It’s believing in more for other people. It’s never settling for anything less than miraculous. It’s making the most of every opportunity. It’s living by faith, not by sight. It’s being empowered to solve problems that break your heart. I had such a difficult journey throughout my educational experience, from teachers and test grades telling me I wasn’t good enough. Imagining more is calling all those lies a punk and passionately pursuing a life that is full of purpose. 

If you could do more of one thing every day what would it be? Hear more people’s dreams from all different cultures and backgrounds and help them take action. And write more.  

Favorite social media platform? Instagram