"To create extraordinary positive change in the world, by helping people and organisations make ordinary positive change"
I wrote my mission statement years ago, after much deliberation on how to communicate my life goal, which is about providing a simple outcome for people in need. A simple outcome which requires a sophisticated framework of support, solutions and interventions to achieve.
I know people often look at 'ordinary positive change', and interpret it to mean ‘lowest common denominator tasks’. Thinking ordinary positive change is just doing one or two arbitrary 'nice' things from time to time. Looking for opportunities where they can 'see' the impact. Queue- painting a fence, working in a soup kitchen, packing a hamper-type work.
This 'ordinary positive change' is interpreted as having 'extraordinary positive impact' because charities sell that message daily. Selling the idea that to have the biggest impact you should do something you don't normally do. Get out of the office and paint a fence, run a race you don't normally run, have a fancy dinner, work in a soup kitchen etc.
The truth is, the best impact you can have is always, doing what you are good at. If you are truly looking to expand your potential for impact, you should focus on being more skilled. That is your avenue to exponential impact. Always.
Ordinary positive change is actually about integrating impact into your day to day life. Based on things you are good at, things you are already doing and things that you do regularly. It is about making transformational, rather than transactional change in the lives of individuals and organisations. It is about paying respect to your hard-earned skills and aptitudes, because people in need deserve the best quality help, and that comes from people helping in the areas that they are skilled in.
Ordinary change isn't about picking an 'ordinary' task, it’s about putting your impact opportunities on the end of what you're good at. Making change that is 'ordinary' for you, but extraordinary for those who benefit from that change.
It's time that we do better and make sure that people who need help, get the help they need, when they need it, for as long as they need it. Regardless of how they come to find themselves in need in the first place.
Thanks for stopping by. Keep being excellent, and as always, Just Be Nice
- JBNProject Founder; Josh Reid Jones
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Just Be Nice
A collection of articles relevant to pursuing the effective execution of altruism in the search for equality of opportunity.