That thing you're needing? Be it for someone else.

Call to action: That thing you're needing? Be it for someone else.

That's been my mantra since last year. As one who thrives on interactions, social distancing had me longing for the kind of parental reassurance we never get as adults.

There's an expression 'to turn something on its head,' that was stuck in my head. 'To misrepresent something as the opposite of what it should be.'

Rather than seek my need, I could turn it on its head. Be for others what I needed for myself. For months I virtually met friends and strangers world-wide. And listened.

I really wasn't sure I deserved the Community Leader nomination. That's not a humble brag: Essential workers were working long hours. People were sewing free masks. Teachers adapted classrooms.

I was safe at home being asked "What makes you the most qualified nominee for this award?" How does one even answer that, let alone feel deserving?

The only comfortably response I had was to turn it on its head: Forget what I'd done, what could I do with it? It was a platform. A call to action.

With huge thanks to the Greater Nashville Technology Council, judges, fellow nominees, and my wife Stephanie Novin (who edited...a lot!) I'm issuing a challenge:

That thing you're needing right now? Go be it for someone else.

Turn it on its head.


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