It’s the week of Thanksgiving here in the US. In cities across the US, many of us are celebrating our gratitude for family, friends, uplifting colleagues (notice how I said uplifting), and/or gracious clients.
In that spirit, today rather than focusing on anything negative – the loss of a job, getting dinged after that critical interview, or just a general feeling of uncertainty regarding your next step, I want you to consider my next dare.
Dare # 9: Be a philanthropist
This dare was inspired recently while driving around in a nearby town. I saw two little boys with a lemonade stand. I stopped the car and the young gentlemen said that they were selling lemonade to fund a Bar Mitzah project.
Being extremely curious, I asked for details.
What’s the project about?
The boys said that all their sales would go towards putting together care packets for soldiers back in Israel.
To add to this act of generosity, I told them how I was house hunting — and one of the young men began to sell me on his neighborhood, cul-de-sac, and school.
Side note: His mom is a realtor so he even suggested that her and I connect.
Quite the salesman, I thought.
Imagine, that this kid upsells his $1 lemonade sale into a house? Clever, right?
But, I digress.
That interaction inspired this dare.
It also inspired me to research other young entrepreneurs/philanthropists.
Because my hypothesis is that at our core we are prewired with the desire to do good.
And that by fulfilling our desire to do good we can push beyond our disappointments and frustrations.
I also focused on young do-gooders because if they can make an impact then YOU someone with an education, a voice, means, and an extremely powerful network can make a dent in the universe.
So, let’s JUST DO GOOD.
Here’s a starter list of not-for-profits started by children.
Perhaps, you can donate to one of these groups?
If you do donate, then scroll down because I have a gift for YOU.
- Sierra was diagnosed with cancer at the age of seven. She successfully received treatment and decided (along with her big sister Emilina) to share her story, strength, and yoga techniques with sick children. Want to support her efforts? Visit her site: Childhood Cancer Kids
- Sara was inspired by a local newspaper story focused on a neighboring town with financial troubles. The town faced such hardships that it canceled local bus service thus prohibiting its residents from accessing its nearest library. So Sara decided to launch her “JUST 1 BOOK” campaign.
- By 8, Hannah had founded The Ladybug Foundation Inc., a registered charity, and had become the innocent face of the homeless, seeing their plight with the clarity of a child and speaking out for them across the world, to one person at a time and to groups as large as 16,000.
- 17 year old entrepreneur, Asya Gonzalez, has committed her life to end sexual abuse of all kinds since she was 13 years old. Asya is very passionate about bringing about preventative awareness and education of Child Sex Trafficking and UNTESTED, Backlogged Rape Kits through her created foundation, She Is Worth It.
- The concept of Empower Orphans was ideated by Neha Gupta in 2005, when she was only nine years old. It is a tradition within her family to celebrate family birthdays by taking food and gifts to orphaned children in the family’s Indian hometown. Neha felt inspired to launch her organization following these trips.
Bonus: If you do decide to donate a minimum of $25 to any of these organizations then I will give you a free 25-minute coaching session.
Tiny print: Just email me your proof of payment. Offer ends on December 1st, 2014 at midnight.
Donate $25 to any of these organizations above AND
I’ll gift you a 25-minute coaching session
(a $150 value gift)
PS: Last week I dared you to network WITH real purpose. I didn’t forget! I’ll fill you in next week on how my meeting went.
PPS: Yes, there are orgs started by little boys out there…truthfully…these specific stories inspired me hence they made my list. I’ll take this void on my list to inspire one of MY three sons to start his own philanthropic venture.