The impact conversation

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food pantrySo often we’re asked, particularly in the coaching and healing industries, how our businesses impact the world.

About our movements.

For years, I felt “less than” for not bringing about world peace or ending hunger. I knew my desired impact: to support more small businesses in succeeding than the dismal numbers reported.

After all, the Small Business Administration puts small business survival rate at 35% after 5 years. Online-based businesses have a survival rate of just 5% after two years.

But could I do it? Did I partner with enough clients to really have an impact?

More doubt creeped in.

Then it hit me this weekend. The work that I do impacts the business owner, and her family, and her community. Like a ripple in a pond, the impact doesn’t stop with the business owner.

Helping one person succeed is helping a community succeed. (Tweet This)

The impact you make may not immediately affect hundreds or thousands of people, but over the long term, absolutely.

While in the auto parts store the other day (seriously), I saw one of the boys (now grown and assistant manager) that used to be on a children’s bowling league I ran. A league that I never would have had the time for if I didn’t have my own business.

After a big hug, he proceeded to tell the other employees how much of an impact I had on his and his sister’s lives, all through that league.
And today, I’m able to close up the office early and go help out at a local food pantry where the average age of the volunteers is over 60.

We impact others in a million different little ways and, like each individual snowflake, those little ways add up. (Tweet This)

How do you impact others? Please share in the Comments section below and remember, no impact is too small.

PS: Today’s article reminds me that the positive impact we have through our work and success is yet another, and a biggie, cure for burnout.