Kristie T asked an interesting question the other day: Are you making a living, making a life, or making a difference?
It’s clear for me that I’m interested in making a difference. But her question got me thinking…How do I actually make a difference through my business? Boy, that seems like a big question.
But if I begin with Kristie’s definitions, I think I can take the breadth of this question and get it into a post without writing a novel. Here’s Kristie’s definitions:
- Making a living is about doing something for the money
- Making a life is about creating a business that supports the lifestyle you want to live
- Making a difference is about giving your best to others in service and getting back tenfold
Well, I’m certainly not in business just to make money. I also think that her second bullet point about making a life is really the same as the first. I mean, after all, we work to make money to have the lifestyle we want. Otherwise, we’d have no motivation to strive for more.
Author David Maister writes that making a difference means sometimes struggling “to do what’s meaningful and not just what’s pragmatic.”
Ah, yes, do what’s meaningful. Or, another way to put it – do what is full of meaning.
So, what’s full of meaning for you?