Thursday, April 14, 2011

Do You Make A Million Dollar Impact?

Lately on Sunday nights I've tried to watch some of the television show Secret Millionaire.  It's about wealthy folks who pretend to do a documentary on volunteering and surprise the people and organizations they encounter with a nice check at the end of the show.  Great concept.  Great message.  Pretty good show.

But You and I Aren't Millionaires

So how can we make a big impact in someone's life if we don't have a huge pile of cash to tap into? We're juggling so many priorities, projects, deadlines, employee issues, budget pressures, and personal obligations that it just doesn't seem possible to add even one more thing.  But you and I know that so many of us do add one more thing. Sometimes we add lots more.

And I'd like to hear about them.

Go Big or Go Home
So what are you doing to make a difference?  Really, it's time to share.  I'd like to hear from as many of you as possible.  I want to hear what you all are doing above and beyond your job description.  I want to know how you're adding value to the world around you.  Don't be shy.  I want to hear from those leaders that live by the "No Excuses" mantra and make a difference. 

How About You
You don't need to be a millionaire to make a million dollar impact.  Do you mentor a young professional, volunteer with kids, volunteer at church or the local children's hospital, hospice, food bank, homeless shelter, big brothers/big sisters program, coach a youth sports team, or work with a SHRM chapter?  Tell me!

I'd love to hear from you.

No Excuses.

pic courtesy of The Journal Record


  1. When my second child was born I kept seeing Christian Children's Fund commercials and crying at the thought of a new mom unable to feed her baby or provide proper medical attention. Since then we sponsor three children via Childfund International and SOS Kinderdorf in Bolivia and Sierra Leon: Laura, Abu and Emmanuella. We write to them, send Christmas and birthday presents and also pay a monthly sum for schooling, food and medical attention. We're so comparatively rich and blessed with our three healthy children - it feels right to help other families.

  2. Great example Laura. Thank you so much for sharing such a personal and powerful commitment to help others.