One of My Greatest Accomplishments

Today I wanted to share with you probably one of the biggest accomplishments in my life. It is my hope that this one small accomplishment will encourage you to go after your goals- no matter how big or small. You CAN achieve any goal you set for yourself- you just need to take MASSIVE ACTION!

It all started the day after Hurricane Katrina hit. I remember watching the devestating images on the television and seeing the huge influx of victims fleeing to Memphis. I heard that many shelters were overbooked and that people were running out of food. Without anything more than a desire to help as many people as possible, I went to the grocery store and starting piling food into my cart. I went home and made at least 200 sandwiches and put together invididual lunch sacks. I couldn’t get in touch with the Red Cross or any shelters because their lines were constantly busy- so I just started driving from shelter to shelter all over the city passing out the lunches.

When I got home- I couldn’t help but think that there was something more that I could be doing. The one image that I never could get out of my head were the children who fled to Memphis with pretty much nothing but the clothes on their back. God knew how I was feeling, because one of my college friends who lived in Austin called me later that night to discuss the tragedy. Her family was originally from New Orleans so she took the news of the disaster especially hard.

That night we decided that we wanted to make a differnece and quickly. We decided to collect stuffed animals for the littlest survivors of Hurricane Katrina. The name of our effort: Bear Hugs With Love. Although I was still practicing law full time- I made up my mind that somehow I was going to get the media’s attention and create a city-wide stuffed animal toy drive.

Our call for help was heard, and thanks to the Internet, we ended up sparking an INTERNATIONAL stuffed animal drive from my little house in Memphis, TN. In just a few months, we were able to collect and distribute over 10,000 stuffed animals and deliver thousands more smiles to the kids’ families. Our organization was even featured in the Washington Post and National Geographic For Kids!

Going down to Louisiana to the shelters was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. Below is a video I put together for all of the donors who helped make my goal of making thousands of kids smile in the wake of a tragedy come true. What’s my point in sharing all of this and how does it relate to building your business?

I keep hearing people complaining that they don’t know exactly what to do, so they are afraid to get started. To be totally honest with you, I didn’t have a specific plan for how in the world I would be able to solicit, collect, and transport thousands of stuffed animals to a disaster area… I just had a very clear goal in my mind.

You don’t have to wait until all of the “chips” fall into place to get started on your goal. You need to get started TODAY and take it one step at a time, just like I took my project one phone call at a time.

I also want you to know that you truly CAN achieve your goals no matter what they are! As you can probably imagine trying to get clearance to enter the shelters and/or get our trucks into Louisiana and Mississippi was EXTREMELY difficult…in fact, some people just told me to give up and donate everything to a local charity). I’m glad that I didn’t listen to them, because I not only achieved my goal- I surpassed it!

And finally, one person can make a MASSIVE difference! Connect and share what you’ve learned with others. You may just be the encouragement they need to get working on their goals!

To Your Continued Success,

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