Scratching the Surface


When you run a growing organization, there are moments when you sense that something has changed or is changing. You work hard for a season to accomplish certain outcomes, and they happen. You take a step back, pause, reflect and then, get back to work.

This is how you grow; this is how success comes to life. For Help One Now, we’ve had a few moments like this:

1) 2012 Legacy Project

2) Key individuals joining our board.

3) Love Hope Trip in 2014

4) The 2014 Foundation Gala in Northwest Arkansas.

5) The acquisition of another non-profit in 2014.

6) Vision trip with MLB players in 2015.

Each of these moments catapulted us to the next level.

This past week I was in Haiti, and one of our local leaders asked me to consider doing a project that would cost more than a million dollars. This project would be innovative and the impact would be beyond what I could have possibly imagined, when we launched in 2009.

As we were talking, I realized that we’re simply just scratching the surface of what Help One Now can accomplish in the next decade. If we don’t screw it up, if we stay humble, if our hearts stay pure, what we can accomplish is beyond what I could have imagined six years ago when we started Help One Now.

I’m excited and a little scared–filled with both hope and fear. I will have to grow as a leader, and our team will have to grow as well, and I will have to keep reminding myself to work hard, stay committed, have fun and believe that God can do the impossible.

If you’re launching an organization, fight hard for these moments that create breakthroughs. Each breakthrough will make your life harder, but these are the moments that create the impact you need to grow and fulfill your mission. Then you will look back and realize that you too are just scratching the surface of what you can accomplish.

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I’m the Founder/CEO of Help One Now. I live in downtown Raleigh with my family. I’m a justice advocate, who loves empowering leaders (and tribes) to launch movements for doing good.

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