As far back as I can remember I’ve wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. When I was 3 years old, I told my parents I was going to be a firefighter so I could “make people’s houses not burn down.” Around 10 I decided I wanted to be a doctor so I could help sick kids. By the time I was on my way to college, I was set on being a surgeon.
Well, I never did go to medical school. The awakening to alternative medicine when I was a freshmen at Purdue made sure of that. By the end of my second year I left college to pursue studies in alternative healing.
The next ten years or so was an amazing adventure. I studied various forms of healing, supporting myself as a website designer along the way. I eventually opened a healing practice and saw clients regularly. Sometimes the results clients got were nothing short of miraculous. Other times, the healing caused them turmoil – as though they didn’t want to accept change in their lives. Either way, within a few years, I was burned out.
One thing my healing work and my studies gave me was the sense of constantly looking inside myself for the meaning in things. It gave me the tools of self-reflection; tools I could use to look back at my life and see that I’d always wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. I know I didn’t want a private healing practice any longer. What I did know was I wanted my work to have meaning – to me and to my clients.
So back into website development I went. But this time with a whole new approach. Now, rather than just building ‘pretty’ websites, I would focus on helping my clients build their businesses. Furthermore, I sought out projects where people were wanting to make a difference in the world; whose work is to make meaning in people’s lives.
Very quickly I discovered that my footprint was much larger helping people who wanted to do good in the world. When I had a healing practice, I worked with one client at a time. Helping them might ripple out into the greater good of the planet. But now I work with web-based business clients who want to do good work for others. Helping others get their good message out means I’m reaching far more people in doing good work.
Today, I continue to build websites and blogs. I focus on helping my clients understand how to use the internet to reach their business goals, while meeting the needs of their audience.
And, I continue to evolve how I contribute to the world. Blogging has me interested in the conversation. The conversation between people and between businesses and their prospective clients. We’ll see where that leads me. I can tell you that wherever I end up, it will be to make a difference in the world.
So, how are you contributing to…the world? the blogosphere? your clients? other’s lives? I’d love to hear.