Why are you in business?
Why do you get up every morning?
Why do you do what you do?
These are all very important questions you need to answer as a business owner.
Simon Sinek made the why question very popular after this Ted Talk. I highly recommend you watching the video, if you haven’t seen it yet. Over 21 million have watched it, so the message has resonated with quite a few people.
My family is first.
But, I wanted to helps others. People who are less fortunate than I. I have a ton I am grateful for. I actually have a Gratitude journal that I write in every morning. I write down 5 things every morning at the kitchen table before getting started with my day. I try not to repeat any, although it’s hard, and I do repeat some, at times.
This little exercise has changed how I view the World. It is absolutely amazing what it can do and try and encourage others to start a Gratitude journal for themselves.
Give it a shot for a week, I have a feeling you’ll thank me 🙂
You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
That quote from John Bunyan really sums it up. I wanted to do something for someone who I don’t necessarily have (direct) contact with.
A cause that I believe in.
My Monthly Giving Report – January 2015
This is the second post of what I plan to be a long series of blog posts. I am publicly reporting my monthly giving to local charities.
One of the reasons I got into business was to give more. I have not been as consistent with it over the years, so I am making it public.
I am doing this for two reasons —
- Hold me accountable — not just to follow through with it, but to always work on increasing my donations each & every month. I’m extremely competitive, so this will make me strive to give more every month. It’ll be a win-win.
- Inspire others — this is a big one. I really want these posts to inspire other entrepreneurs, business owners and people to give more.
I actually received comments from people that were inspired from last month’s post. That was the purpose of writing about it and sharing it with my online communities. You can see some of the comments here.
You Can Volunteer Your Time, Too
If you cannot afford to donate money, why not volunteer your time? There are many non-profits/charities in your area that could use a hand. A couple hours a month would help just about any non-profit.
Last month, I went down to the Las Vegas Rescue Mission to serve food to the homeless. I was only down there for an hour or so, but what an impact it had on me. I talk about it all the time and now I am blogging about it.
Here is a picture of us, me on the left, with a hair net.
Giving Back 10%
In the post from December, I talk about the training website I created in October called Elite Agent Inner Circle (you can find out more here). I decided to donate 10% of all revenues from the training site to charity.
Currently, I am donating the money to The Key Foundation, a local non-profit of veterans helping veterans. I have two other non-profits I plan to start donating to as well. I will reveal those in a future post.
Here are the numbers so far;
October/November Donations: $69
December Donations: $73
January Donations: $93
Total Donations: $235
Certainly not the numbers I want, but I understand I have to start somewhere. I did not advertise the training site much this month as I have been making some changes, so I didn’t hit the goals I had set for myself. This will work out in the long run, but February was a slow month for acquiring new members.
Steve (director at the Key Foundation) and I went to lunch earlier this week. It was later in the month (hence why this post is so late), as I was sick for a week.
However, I still got that feeling when handing over the check to Steve at lunch on Wednesday.
That is a feeling money cannot buy. It’s one of the best feelings in the World.
My goal is to be donating $5,000 each and every month to charities. As of right now, I would like to split that up with three charities (Key Foundation & two others), but understand things can change. As of right now, that is the plan.
I know that is a lofty goal, as that would translate to generating $50,000 in revenue from the training site each month.
When I was working construction, back in 2007 – 2009, I made about $5,000 per month. I always thought it would be cool to donate “my old salary”, each month, to charity.