In today’s BusinessMinds featured article we are going to discuss 3 simple ways you can make an impact in your community starting today.
Do you want to make a difference?
Over the years I’ve met lots of people who want to make a difference. Interestingly, I’ve also met a significant number of people who want to make a difference but haven’t got the slightest clue as to how to make it happen. These individuals are sincere in their desire to do something meaningful but for one reason or another they haven’t been able to determine how to best use their talents.
Since starting my business a few years ago I have had the opportunity to meet extraordinary people who strive to make an impact on a global scale. I’ve had the good fortune of meeting amazing speakers who have stood center stage at sold out venues to deliver their message, acclaimed authors whose works have influenced readers around the globe, and leaders who have raised millions of dollars for community service projects.
We can probably agree that to do any of those things would be a crowning moment for any person. However, these acts of greatness are rare and usually only achieved by a few dedicated individuals after years of hard work.
But what does that mean for the rest of us?
Sure raising millions of dollars to build a new school is awe-inspiring but that’s not something we are all going to set out to accomplish.
If we’re unable to go big then does that mean we should simply give up and go home or is there another option?
As it turns out we can all make a difference and it only requires a modest amount of effort. Napoleon Hill said, “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way,” which is a realistic approach we can all adopt.
Growing up my parents instilled the idea of being a good citizen and taking an active part in making our area a better place. We were a Scouting family and frequently took part in enrichment programs, local fundraisers, and clean up projects that benefited the community.
Recently I did a Live Video Broadcast on Facebook discussing this topic. Originally the video was promoted only to people in my immediate area of northeastern Pennsylvania but because the video was made public it could be viewed by anyone on my friends list. And while the tags and references were intended for local businesses, the content was applicable regardless of location and many friends outside of my region chose to watch and engage with the discussion.
Which brings us to today’s discussion, so no matter who you are and where you are located, you can take these 3 simple ideas and make an impact in your community. These items are easy-to-do and require very little effort. In fact, most can be done within minutes.
3 Simple Ways to Make an Impact in Your Community
- Share your message. We all have a message. Share your message with friends and family, with new people you meet, and across social media platforms.
- Share a friend’s message. (Same as above.)
- Share news and info from businesses and organizations you respect.
- Get out in the world and meet new people. Expand your personal and professional network. Remember, your network is your net worth.
- Be a connector by introducing people who could benefit from knowing each other.
- Refer a business or professional to someone seeking those services.
- Buy goods and services from local businesses.
- Join local groups that enrich the community.
- Attend community run events.
[Original Live Video Broadcast]
“3 Simple Ways to Make an Impact in Northeastern Pennsylvania”
Now that you know how simple it is to make a positive impact in your community I want to challenge you to do at least one of these today. You already know that many of these can be done within minutes so who are you going to help right now?
Choose one of these action items to do right now and start making an impact in your community today!