Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /nfs/c07/h01/mnt/105741/domains/grownuptruth.com/html/wp-includes/post-template.php on line 265

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /nfs/c07/h01/mnt/105741/domains/grownuptruth.com/html/wp-includes/post-template.php on line 265

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /nfs/c07/h01/mnt/105741/domains/grownuptruth.com/html/wp-includes/post-template.php on line 265

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /nfs/c07/h01/mnt/105741/domains/grownuptruth.com/html/wp-includes/post-template.php on line 265

Everybody Can Be Great, Because Anybody Can Serve

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
MLK Jr.

I don’t know where you are personally on your path of greatness. I want to be great. I want to be great at what I do. I want to be considered great, and not just in the, “s/he has a great personality” type of way. I want to have great impact on the world through the individuals I spend time with and through being a part of making infrastructure level decisions.

I won’t make any assumptions about the depth of your knowledge regarding the issues you care about. Let alone, how many buzzfeed articles you’ve clicked through about a particular subject. But, in regards to service and how you spend your time doing “public service” on your path of greatness – I offer two pieces of advice.

A. Help grow the skills of people who want to do what you do through sharing your own.
B. Find people (younger) than you who are better than you at what you do and help them with something else.

If you’re a dancer, help aspiring dancers. If you’re a designer who’s founded a company, help designers who are more skilled than you  with the nuts and bolts of founding and running their own organization. One conversation that helped me crystallize my thoughts about how we can better serve and grow happened late last year….

My twin brother and I like to host people at our place. We’re great hosts, just ask us.

Recently, we found ourselves sitting around the kitchen table with a college senior we had met through our work in mobile research and consulting. We were catching up and somehow he cut me off between pearls of unsolicited advice. He was genuinely curious about our thoughts on how he can do more to give back to his community.

Dante had been very focused for a long time. He’s excelled on concert hall stages, inside the classroom and everywhere in between. He also has his pick of Master’s Degrees programs to attend in the fall.

Dante’s questions struck me because he genuinely wanted  to think through how his time can be truly impactful in the classroom, in the workplace, and in his community. He also struck me as quite principled. Maybe, because he was exploring how to serve when he no longer needs to be cognizant of how his service will appear on an application or personal statement (not that he ever was…or that any of us ever are…). Off-hand he mentioned one-off type of service efforts akin to “beach cleanup days”.

Instantly, I was struck by the thought: SHARE YOUR GIFTS.

Here was a student who is excellent in many pursuits, a virtuoso musician and an exceptional designer. Yet, he conceptualized service as a domain where his well honed skills could not necessarily be utilized. Dante’s inability to see that he is serving while sharing his amazing and hard-earned gifts reminded me of my many skillful friends and peers who want to do good but sometimes can’t articulate how they are going to do so. Before our kitchen table discussion ended with Dante I told him if he remembered nothing else from our conversation, to remember to SHARE HIS GIFTS and help others who aspire to do what he does.

As often as possible I make it a point to try to support and observe my friends in their element. Whether it’s watching friends lead an event or press playing on a youtube of Dante performing – seeing them in their element reminds me of how truly impactful we can be. Dante’s willingness to be open and honest about his desire to further serve his community and world is a key step in the direction of greatness.

As you continue on your journey I’ll ask you to SHARE YOUR GIFTS. When possible, share them with many. For me, I strive to serve primarily in two ways that I hope you’ll consider:

A. Help grow the skills of people who want to do what you do through sharing your own.
B. Find people (younger) than you who are better than you at what you do and help them with something else.

Tiq Stanford ConnectsEutiquio “Tiq” Chapa is striving to connect and empower others. Through that process he connects and is empowered himself. He is from King City, CA – consults as a Mobile UX Designer and encourages and trains technologists through the Hispanic Heritage Foundation Manos Accelerator and CODE2040.

Author: Grown Up Truth team

Share This Post On
468 ad

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /nfs/c07/h01/mnt/105741/domains/grownuptruth.com/html/wp-includes/class-wp-comment-query.php on line 399

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Service gave me a Purpose | The Richter Center Ambassadors - […] Photo Credit: http://grownuptruth.com/everybody-can-be-great-because-anybody-can-serve/ […]

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *