Let’s do the impossible together.
I’m so conflicted, often scared. What’s this world coming to? I’m not a pessimist and try to look at the bright side, but there’s so much violence and hate. Wars, nuclear threats, mass shootings, polarized governments. It’s enough to make even optimists wonder if the glass is half empty after all. My husband and I don’t watch the news on TV anymore. We get enough on our news feeds during the day. Watching the nightly recap is just too much.
I’ve been at a loss for how to make a difference. How can one person help to better our society?
Finally, there’s an answer from a woman you probably know: Jill Konrath. Jill is my long-time colleague and friend. She’s been a powerhouse in the sales space. But she has given that all up. Yes, everything. She took down her website and wrote to her connections, telling them to stay tuned for what would happen next. At that stage, she didn’t know where her desire to make a difference would go. She just felt compelled to find a place for herself and for us, the “millions in the middle” searching for opportunities to improve the lives of others and make the world a better place for future generations.
When she couldn’t find a place like that, she decided to create one. It took her more than a year, but her dream is now a reality. And it has taken the shape of an organization called What’s Really Possible.
Her new website is chock full of advice, resources, and inspiration for people who want to make a difference. Be sure to read the stories about the man on the bridge and the man in the van—and learn how even small acts can make a big difference in someone’s life.
Those small acts add up fast when more and more people commit to doing them. That’s why Jill is asking people to take the “What’s Really Possible?” pledge and commit to making a difference.
Then check out her Resources list. You’ll find plenty of amazing organizations that can help you get started making a difference. (Organizations I had never heard of, but you can bet I’ll be paying attention to them now.)
Jill asks us to join her efforts to create a better future. I have. And I encourage you to get involved today.
Thank you for helping to make a difference in the lives of others, thus making the future brighter for all of us.
Thank you for sharing Joanne. I think the key thing at this stage is for everyone to understand we are “bystanders”, as MLK would define us, if we are not involved in standing up and speaking out, one way or another.
And remember what MLK said about bystanders:
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”
“He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it”
Joe, thank you for reminding us of MLK’s poignant remarks. We should take them to heart.
It have been may years since we connected. I was the senior business consultant with Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center in SF and you spoke there once on my invitation. Thank you again.
I have been self employed for 35+ years and do enjoy your blogs etc.
Thank you for this one for sure as we all need to “learn from doing and do to learn”. Our compassion and kindness can make such a difference and now that COVID has lessened, we can go out and smile at others…