Regardless of your station in life, someone is doing worse. Opportunities to connect and make a difference abound. These missions call us out of our little bubbles to a cause greater than ourselves.
A business mentor mentioned, "Everyone expects you to do your job well. Your legacy is based on the sideline projects and causes where you made an impact." Since retiring, this mentor is regularly asked to speak about the causes he championed. His primary job is part of the intro, but he speaks for the causes.
This counsel challenged my view of how to invest in parallel efforts within the organization. Even within a large company, I can bring an entrepreneurial spirit to bear for the good of others outside of my team.
Causes provide an opportunity to work alongside people that are far different than us but share a common vision. It doesn't matter to the single dad on the other side of the soup kitchen line if you arrived in a Bentley or just landed your first job out of the homeless shelter. The generous human connection, compassion, and genuine conversation, given through the meal, delivers care.
You may be in the back office coordinating the flights for Doctor's Without Borders and never seeing those impacted or on the front lines digging wells in arid villages and handing over the first cup of clean water that didn't need transport over miles. Either way, the jobs are critical to making the care a reality.
How do you care for your causes?
Whose service do you consider heroic? Often, these devoted servants invest so much into the effort; they overlook their needs and risk burnout. Does a name or face from the front lines match this description? How can you surprise and delight those working so hard to change the world?
Charitable causes are often running on the razor's edge and struggle to justify and care for infrastructure. What are the commonly overlooked needs? Is there an opportunity for logistics help, newer office furniture, cleaning, or a security firewall on the network?
You have determined these causes are essential to meeting the end need. Consider looking for weaknesses in the efforts that you can bolster to ensure your team achieves the mission. It may not be sexy, but it is needed.