Making a difference has driven me all my life.
I read missionary stories, thrilled by people who were making a difference in exotic parts of the world.
Charles Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities, taught me that words could inspire and make a huge difference in the world.
I was drawn into the world of politics when I tried to make a difference in the education my children were receiving.
Directing a nonprofit organization may have been the biggest opportunity to make a difference in my working career.
You can make a difference. In fact, President Kennedy said,
“One person can make a difference and every person should try.”
Here is my list of ten ways you can make a difference. Pick one and try.
1. Be a teacher. Get a degree and teach full time. Or work as a substitute teacher. Teaaching a class in your church is another option. My mom still has adults come tell her that she made a big difference in their life as their Sunday School teacher years ago.
2. Serve as a missionary. You can serve with your church mission agency or the peace corps. It can be a lifetime commitment or for an eye opening week.
3. Coach youth sports. Choose according to your level of comfort with pressure to win. Youth sports can build values that will positively make a difference in the next generation.
4. Vote. To leverage your involvement, learn about the candidates and donate or volunteer.
5. Write. The Great American Novel or a blog. Share inspiring words with the world. It is so much easier today than it was in Charles Dickens’ lifetime.
6. Volunteer. There is at least one non-profit organization that shares your values. I can guarantee they would welcome your encouragement and would find a place for you to use your expertise to further the mission.
7. Donate money. If you have more money than time or your skills aren’t a fit for your favorite nonprofit, money will always be appreciated and work to make a difference.
8. Adopt a foster child. Children who have had a rough beginning need a safe stable home. I’m not sure there is a greater way to make a difference.
9. Start a business. Most new jobs come from new businesses not giant corporations.
10. Make your new business a network marketing company. This is by far the best business model for those without the ability to make a large capital commitment. The only employee you will have to deal with is yourself. Find a company that is still new but has survived the critical early years. The products should be consumable so that you have repeat purchases. A publically traded company will have to reveal more financial information than those that are privately held. Be prepared to grow as a person and meet lots of new friends. If you are willing to work really hard for little pay, you can grow a network that will pay you a lot for little work.
Want to know which company I am making a difference in? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.