Reason I do what I do …

My life's passion statement is "To help others accomplish far more than they ever thought possible."

If I can teach someone a tool or skill set that will help them better accomplish their task, I just get pumped up!!!


Yesterday, my friend Jared was automating a few necessary, but nuisance parts of an Excel spreadsheet.  He was stuck for a few moments on this one part, so he asked if I knew of a way to do it.  Approximately 3 minutes later, the spreadsheet had the new feature and eliminated some annoying clicks and typing that used to be done everytime this spreadsheet was used.  I LOVE THAT!!!  I love being able to share something that helps others!

Another Example

I was working on this blog and preparing to teach my financial class.  I wanted to be able to provide a copy of the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to everyone who attended.  My approach to solving this was to burn a copy of the software on around 200 CDs and hand them out.  Jared (same person from previous example) came up with a BRILLIANT! solution!  He showed me how I could link it in the "Tools" section so that it would be available to anyone who visited this site.  WOW!  What a better solution!  My friend, Ken, showed me how to upgrade the overall site.  Jared's friend, Dan, ran the Excel spreadsheet through a converter that allows anyone who cannot use Excel files to be able to use the web-based version.

Yet Another Example

I was working with a friend at work.  After listening to me ramble endlessly about finances (poor Ben!), he got the fever.  WOW!  He became debt-free so fast that it was crazy!  Phenomenal stuff!

I KNOW that you have something you know how to do that would help others accomplish more.  What is it?  What are you doing to actively help others?

If you are depressed, I would ask you to share your skills and know-how with someone who could benefit from it!  It will help lift you out of that pit!!!

Why do you do what you do? 



  1. jane muir on February 13, 2007 at 7:12 am

    Amen! Joe, we all have something to share with someone, if we would only get off our pity party for ourselves! Have pity on someone else, and your stuff does not feel so heavy!
    Example… I was huffing and puffing about something my husband did not do, then I got an e-mail from a friend that is celebrating her husband’s 5 years of freedom from cancer! In the process they have adopted a little girl from Russia that is now 3 1/2, and their son is 7, healthy and happy!

    Perspective and helping others goes a LONG way!

  2. Caitlin on February 17, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    I thought I’d share with you that your Excel spreadsheets can be used without Excel (which is pretty expensive unless you have access to it through work). Google Docs & Spreadsheets allows you to import .xls files! It’s free, operating system independent (no Mac vs. Windows issues) and you can access it from any web browser. enjoy 🙂

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