Late breaking news: Everyone wants to make a million bucks. (I know that’s a shocking revelation!)
In my industry, people are always striving for that magic number, the million dollar a year goal. Apparently that is what makes or breaks an entrepreneur, to me that’s the obvious goal of any capitalist or for profit business. To make money. However for me, there is another reason ‘why’ I do this.
Sure I want to make a million bucks, I want to take care of my family and make sure they are set for life but after a certain level of success, I truly think you have to give more to the human race than just your tax return. For me, it’s giving all I can to charities and trying, in my own little way, to make a difference.
The problem with this though, when you hear the word charity, it evokes different emotions for everyone. Some charities are scammy to say the least. Some charities have huge operating costs with little going to the actual need. Some people’s reason for giving might be sinister. And of course there is always religious and / or political overtones. It’s a different for every charity and every person that gives to them.
So when I start talking about giving to charities, I understand the reservations people may have. However two charities have really made an impact in my life and I fully support them;
Charity Water – It’s pretty simple really. Debate anything you want, but you cannot argue the importance of clean drinking water and it’s need for human survival. A few years ago, I got together with other program owners and surfers in my industry and created TrafficExchangesCare.com which raised awareness for clean drinking water by using arguably the single best water charity on the planet, CharityWater.org. Since it’s creation, our little campaigns have raised almost $8000 for water initiatives around the globe. To say we’ve made an impact is such a cool thing, so far we’ve helped to bring clean drinking water to two villages in Ethiopia and we’re on our way to bringing more clean water to others. The traffic exchange industry rocks!
Kiva – I’m an entrepreneur! I truly, in my heart of hearts, believe in the importance of self-reliance and self-improvement. I embrace the entrepreneurial spirit and think humanity is at it’s best, when it’s trying to make itself…Better. When you build your own business, I believe you do make yourself better, by taking chances, taking ownership of your own life and not relying on a pay check. The problem is, banks don’t always loan the funds needed for folks around the world to start their businesses. Along came micro-financiang. Kiva allows you to ‘loan’ 25 bucks to business people around the world, looking to start their own business. Banks wouldn’t give them the cash, so in developing nations, micro-financing is a solution. An entrepreneur helping other entrepreneurs. I love it.
I may not be able to make the big changes guys like Bill Gates and Richard Branson do, but you know what’s funny…That’s kinda my goal. To be able to help as many folks as I can after all is said and done. I admire capitalism when it’s rooted in a ‘bigger meaning’. Yeah we all want money, sure we want our family to be taken care of for life…But once you hit a certain level, another ‘million bucks’ won’t matter to you…but it’ll mean a lot to the rest of the world.
And that’s my reason why…