I am optimistic because it allows me to evolve my ideas.
I enter the office every morning feeling excited and optimistic. The reason for this is simple – I have a purpose, a cause to fight for. An issue that matters so much that it can make me happy just to know I am part of the solution. I have been blessed with parents who raised me in an environment where the concept of giving back was instilled early on.
My dad volunteers at a local community center where he helps children learn computer skills learns new things himself and supports other people with special needs in their personal and professional lives. He has also become part of our church’s ministry team, helping us serve those in need by organizing holiday meals, clothing drives, and home repair programs. It is little wonder then that I had a clear direction from an early age – to help others as much as possible.
The early days: Helping to build a water well
In the summer of 2016, I was on vacation with my family in Thailand when we came across an incredibly successful charity effort. The NGO, Heals, was building a well for a village called Pongkawalu. The project was incredibly ambitious, but it had the support of the local community and business leaders. The well is expected to provide clean water for the 6,000 residents of Pongkawalu for at least 20 years.
The village has few resources, and many residents are severely malnourished due to a lack of access to clean water. As we watched the construction progress, I was struck by the impact this simple project had on the people of the village. The smiles on everyone’s faces as they watched their needs being met gave me hope for our world. From that point on, the water became my focus. I began to research organizations that were working in this space, and I started to find little gems that made a big difference.
College graduation: Making a difference through the internet
After finishing college, I decided to get a job that could allow me to continue my charitable activities. I decided to apply to a company that specialized in online charity initiatives. (Today they are known as GivePlate.) I was one of the thousands of people who applied to work in this field. While I was fortunate to get the job, the process was extremely difficult.
I was competing with a large group of people who had relevant work experience, and I was also competing against people who wanted the same job. The interview process was a joke, and the standards were so low that many people got through who shouldn’t have been considered. At the end of the day, however, I just wanted to make a difference. So, I dove in.
Initial job search: Why charity is necessary for growth
I was thrilled when I got the job offer, but I had a problem. I didn’t have enough money in the bank account to support myself for one month. In fact, I only had about $50 in my account. I decided to search for jobs on Craigslist, but I didn’t really expect to find anything. I was impressed when someone responded to my ad and offered me a job. It was a headhunter that was looking for a charitable organization for a client. She made me an offer I couldn’t refuse – $500 if I could find a charity to represent and $500 if I could get the job.
I put together a presentation and went to a few events where I talked to people about their interests and passions. I eventually found a cause that was aligned with my own views – helping people in need. I quickly researched the organization, reached out to other staff members, and compiled a proposal. I was so proud of my work, and I felt like I had made a difference. I was excited to get the $500, but I was even more excited when I got the job! I was now able to support myself, and I could continue to make a difference. I was thrilled.
Volunteer coordination: The importance of making meaningful connections
For my first two years in the volunteer field, I focused on teaching people how to coordinate events. I would talk to organizers at various events and offer to help them coordinate their efforts. With this experience under my belt, I was able to get my foot in the door at a large event management company. While I had no experience organizing events, my business acumen and my volunteering experience made me a great fit for the position. I was able to quickly learn the ins and outs of event management. I was also able to use my relationships with other companies to bring new clients to the table. After two years, I was promoted to a position in which I was responsible for hiring volunteers for the company.
How we got here: Looking at the big picture
As I thought about where I was and how far I had come, I realized that I had several key takeaways from my experience. First and foremost, I had realized that the purpose of my life is to help others. I had also come to the realization that my life didn’t matter unless I was making a difference in the world. From there, I thought about what I wanted to do with my life.
I wanted to continue to help others, but I wanted to focus my efforts on charity. I wanted to make a difference. When I considered all the issues I care about, I realized that they all revolve around the importance of charity. I believe that we can have a better future if we have a better present. I believe that we can have a better society if we have a better economy. I believe that we can have a better world if we make it a better place for everyone.
I believe that everyone has the potential to make a difference. It just takes a little bit of effort and determination. If you are reading this article, you are likely passionate about something. You may not know what that something is yet, but you need to start searching for it. After you find it, you need to start implementing ways to bring about change in the world. You can make a difference in your life and in the lives of others. You just need to start doing so today.
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Retired USAF SMSgt (E-8) of more than 22 years. Been involved in internet marketing for more than two decades. I love to give and share info that will influence your business. I firmly believe that if you help people get what they want then what you want is inevitable. I have helped hundreds of people throughout the years whether monetary or simple advice. I do believe that it is better to give than receive. Ask and it shall be given as quoted in the Holy Bible.