When we are substantially and meaningfully affected by something, whether directly or indirectly, whether tragic and heartbreaking, courageous and inspiring, or even enraging, it is common for us to ask ourselves and the people around us what we can do to help. A multitude of different things can spark an urge deep down in our gut to reach out to those around us in our own communities and to those around the world, such as losing a family member or close friend to an illness, battling an illness ourselves, natural disasters, an unwavering passion for politics and social justice issues, as well as stories, both uplifting and catastrophic. The overwhelming call within ourselves to do what we can–donate money to charity and nonprofit organizations, volunteer, run a marathon–is a feeling we are all familiar with.
While we would all probably jump at the chance to drastically change the circumstances of a person or group of people who needed help for the better, the reason why people aren’t donating money, time, and knowledge in greater numbers is because sometimes it just isn’t feasible. Before you can lend yourself to someone else, you must make sure that you are taken care of. If you aren’t taking care of yourself, how do you expect to be able to do much good for someone else?
If you have ever wanted to commit just a small fraction of your time or donate a modest sum to a charity you fiercely believe in, but just couldn’t spare either the time or the money, then you are just one of countless people who could have a tremendous mark on the world–if only you had some practical advice as to how to make your kind, good-hearted intentions into a reality you could realistically follow through with.
Your Mark on the World by Devin D. Thorpe is part inspirational, part practical life advice that will give you the knowledge and tools you need to effortlessly let your work and family life fuel your service life, without any of them suffering because of the other.
This book is a super fast read at just 166 pages, and it provides an overview of philanthropy and the difference the work of regular people just like you and me can make in the world. Thorpe provides valuable and realistic tips and advice on how to manage your finances, family, career and retirement, and how to budget your time and money to greatly benefit your volunteer opportunities and charitable giving efforts.
We all want to have a positive impact on the world around us, and Your Mark on the World is not just a great starting point for how you and your family can do just that, it will also guide you through the entire process, from planning to execution, to noticing and acknowledging the opportunities for service around you and taking action. You won’t just feel an overwhelming sense of pride and purpose in yourself, you will also be changing the lives of more people than you may know.
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I received a copy of “Your Mark on the World” by Devin D. Thorpe for review as part of a book tour with Promotional Book Tours. No other compensation was received, and opinions are my own.