Why? The question with the best answer!

March 8th, 2016 by Patricia Jehle Leave a reply »

The BIG Question and what makes your idea sustainable

Questions are great for reflection. But this is THE question that helps you know if your current pace and direction is sustainable for the very long term:

Why are you doing this?

That’s it! It shows your passion and it gives you the reason and that reason gives you the energy that will get you back up when things do not go as planned, when the plan takes longer than expected, when you get tired. Without that WHY you will become another statistic, and that would be a shame.

I did not like statistics in grad school, and I do not want to become one. I bet you do not want that for yourself, either!

So what is your why, I mean the REAL reason you are doing what you are doing?

Here are my WHYs:

I help SMEs grow with the Alpha Group and the WHY of this is that SMEs are the backbone of any local economy. If you want the economy to grow, think locally and help the local businesses grow. It gives health to my local economy when I do this. That is very exciting to and satisfying for me.

I also am the “helping” type. I like to see people come up with solutions to challenges and problems, to put those solutions into practice and to change for the better. This totally energizes me.

Ray Bradbury, the famous 20th century author said, “The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love.” I truly love what I do and the WHY is that reason.


Someone else’s why: Last Saturday I heard someone from International Justice Mission present on the NGO. It was clear that the presenter was very very passionate about the WHY of IJM and, in fact, he has been working in this area for about 30 years, and he is still very passionate about slavery and human trafficking. Here is the website: https://www.ijm.org and here is the TED talk Gary Haugen gave about the ethos of IJM: http://www.ted.com/talks/gary_haugen_the_hidden_reason_for_poverty_the_world_needs_to_address_now

What are you passionate about? Can that sustain you for the long term? I want you to have great answers to this question!

I wish you all the energy and passion you need to continue on a good path, or to change to a better one!

Patricia Jehle


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