“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” This quote is attributed to Ronald Reagan and it resonated with me in two positive ways. One is that you could help someone by volunteering outside of the work environment. Another is that you could help someone by training within the work environment.
I attended a conference over the weekend and one of the panels was about running (something near and dear to my heart.) One of the suggestions that stuck with me was to volunteer for a marathon race. This had never occurred to me since I run 5Ks. But the presenter stated that seeing a sign of encouragement or hearing cheers at mile 21 of a 26 mile race and having some chocolate or gummy bears available at that mile marker would make all the difference in the world. I know I wouldn’t be able to help everyone – some may not stop or be concentrating too hard on the finish line to even hear the cheer – but I could help someone finish who may be considering giving up at that crucial point.
On the training front, I have written processes to help users find their bearings within a new application. I’ve produced hard copy, online help, video screen capture processes and release notes to help that someone either with a refresher or those just logging into the application for the first time. Documentation is more often met with a grimace than a smile but I know that my step-by-step instructions helped someone; not everyone, but someone.
Another instance of helping someone involves starting a local job networking group. Our mission for our Job Networking Group is to allow job seekers a place to meet with each other, area human resource representatives and career counselors to get employment advice and resume reviews. There are people that may not attend or may only attend one meeting; however, there may also be a member who attends, meets a recruiter, gets a job lead and starts to work in a few weeks. All of this because volunteers got together and started a group.
As your positive thought for the day, keep in mind that you may not be able to save the world all at once but by helping where you can; everyone can help at least one person.