Do you know the feeling you have when a word lights something up in your soul? I was listening to a new acquaintance explain why she made her current job change. She was very competent and had a long list of accomplishments, but she wanted to make an impact. When someone asked her to volunteer to make an impact in a kid's life, she carefully thought about it and, here's the magic, she said,
"I don't want to impact just one kid. I want to be a multiplier."
That exactly describes me. When I left my last job a friend walked me through a DISC assessment to to discover the right kind of job for me. He pointed out that the job I just left required skills the complete opposite of how I'm wired! I value relationships higher than money, power or any other desirable outcome. In that light, I've done okay influencing the three humans dealt to me. My daughters have turned out to be great humans. I could just kick up my feet and retire, but I want so much more. I want to be a multiplier.
John Maxwell, in Winning with People, describes the kind of people who add things to life and the kind of people who subtract, those who multiply and those who divide. I get a pain in my heart to think of the friends who have opted out of our friendship because that's an indicator I wasn't adding anything to their life. It makes me want to be a better friend. And it makes me want to multiply my impact on people.
I suppose that's why I do what I do. I love coaching and teaching coaching culture because I'm compelled to be a multiplier - to share what I know so others can have a great life and be multipliers in their own world. Is there a word that lights up your soul? Live it.