My mission: Find people who have something magical to impart upon the world and help them impart it.
That mission formed on Saturday, July 15th at 4:30pm PDT. I was at WDS 2017, in the third row, watching Scott Harrison deliver a perfect talk about his non-profit, charity: water.
Everyone was moved by the change that Scott was making in the world, and by his story. I was, too. But what stood out to me more than the change itself was how moved everyone in the crowd was by that change. By how inspired everyone was.
Scott got a lot donations from that talk. And he raised a lot of awareness. But that's not what I was thinking about when I left Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. And that's not what I couldn't get out of my head for weeks thereafter.
Instead my thought was the following: Holy crap. Scott just moved 100+ people to tears. What if just one of these people goes on to do their own amazing work in the world because of Scott's talk? And then just one more at his next talk, and one more at the talk after that? Never mind the water for a second. Think about the impact that that would have on the world.
Starting my own charity: water is a stretch. Even though I want there to be, there's not a thing in the world that I care about passionately enough to make that sort of impact on. But I still want to help. I still want to make a difference, and I still want to matter. Luckily I can. I meet people all the time that have a purpose that far outreaches my own. I can help these people realize those purposes.
I decided two things that day.
- I want to change the world (for the better). I want to think bigger, and bigger again, and have a massive impact.
- The way that I can do that most effectively is not to start my own charity: water. Instead it's to help other people start their own charity: waters.
I'm a creative guy. It took me 28 years to embrace that. For the first 28 years of my life I was a slave to my left brain. I clung to logic, rationality, and objectivity no matter the situation. Not because there was no emotion and creativity underneath, but because I thought I had to choose. I was raised in an environment that worshipped left-brain dominance, and I was trying to fit in.
Now I'm 30. And now I realize two important things. First, I love my right brain. Second, there's no rule saying I can't use and appreciate both sides of my noggin.