I attended the 2011 TEDxBoulder over the weekend. The event was filled with inspiring, thoughtful, and sometimes humorous presentations. Even days after, the presentation by Mark Bezos, for some reason, kept popping into my brain.
Other then being the SVP of Robin Hood, a non-profit for charity that fights poverty in New York, Mark Bezos also happens to be a volunteer firefighter.
The statement that he made was this:
“Don’t wait for your first million [dollars] to make a difference in somebody’s life. If you have something to give, give it now.”
Whatever venture you have going on, no matter your current economic status, you can make a difference today. It doesn’t matter if your act of kindness is small or great, they all matter.
Being profitable and being a philanthropistÂ are not mutually exclusive. If anything, they should (and can) be one in the same. Â It’s called social entrepreneurship.Â Is your business simply making money, or providing disposable entertainment, or is it actually making a difference in someone’s life? Â Why not figure out a way of doing both… today.
Don’t wait for your first round of VC investments, or for you to “make it big” (whatever that means) to make a big difference. Everyday, we each have an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. Â Don’t wait. Â Do it today.