I shared a story with the members of my Expert Author Program this morning during our group coaching call. They said it was inspiring so I decided to make a video and share it with you, too!
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had an internal desire to serve and help people. Even when I was a kid I always wanted to help others.
When I started at the University of Victoria in 1992, I was shocked to learn that there were people in my community who did not know how to read or write – or who had difficulty reading and writing.
My desire to help them was so great that I decided to start a nonprofit literacy organization called Students For Literacy. I had no idea what I was doing. I was young and idealistic and I thought I would go around and teach people to read.
I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to serve and help others and this was the way I thought I would do it.
If anyone had said to me six months earlier that I was going to start a nonprofit organization and manage 85 volunteers and not get paid a cent I would’ve thought they were crazy!
But it just grew one day at a time, one learner at a time, and one tiny donation at a time until I had an office and computers and grants and everything.
Think of how you are serving and contributing to the world.
I bet you are contributing in ways that you don’t even realize are helping others.
You don’t have to know what you’re doing because you can learn as you go. And sometimes the way you serve and help others looks different than you think.