Sometimes you are serving in ways you don’t even know
Posted on: April 18, 2017

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.