Start Something That Matters

Oh My Socks! This book by Blake Mycoskie (the founder of TOMS shoes) is amazing so far. It’s inspiring and also a guide to starting something of your own that matters – whatever that may be. A nonprofit, a business, a movement, a job search, whatever. I’m only a quarter of the way through the book and I’ve already recommended that my sister go buy it because she’s a bit of an entrepreneur. I’m not and I still think this book applies to me.

My sister and I have always had big dreams about making a difference somehow. I had pretty much resigned myself to making my small difference as a nurse, but this book has reawakened in me the desire to do something more. I will be a nurse, and a good one hopefully, but there are things I can do outside work that can make a difference. I’m still searching for my niche though. I am passionate about Green and Thrifty, and I adore “meeting” everyone through the blog and reading everyone else’s blogs. There are so many other causes and issues that I am passionate about as well though. Vegan/Vegetarianism and all of the issues surrounding it, social justice matters, politics (more the nuts and bolts than any specific candidate though). I hate getting up in front of people but part of me still wants to teach. I love the law but probably couldn’t pass the LSAT to get into law school with any kind of score that mattered (and how would I pay for it anyway?). And, within nursing, I could become a public health nurse, or work towards volunteering with Doctors Without Borders (or a similar organization). My problem is not that I can’t figure out what to do, it’s that there are so many things I want to do it’s difficult to pick just one to focus on!

There is always some good we can do. Even if it’s a small scale good, it matters. It matters to those who are affected by it and it matters to those around you when you are feeling good about yourself for doing good for others. I would really recommend this book as a way to start figuring out the good that you want to do. Mycoskie doesn’t judge whether the good you want to do is big or small, he just wants to help you figure out what it is and how to do it. I will let you know how I feel about it when I’m done reading, but for now, I wholeheartedly recommend this book. It is truly inspiring!

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