This post is for all of you out there struggling to make a difference in the world but not seeing any results. This week I had a rare glimpse at some of the impact that I personally have made in the last year. At the end of last year you'll recall that I was doing an experiement to see how much one person could handle. Well I've often felt that my efforts with my architects club have gone without results. That is until this week.
I first met Charlie at my first architecture meeting in January. I encouraged him to come to my monthly club meetings and he said he would but that he was in production support so it didn't really impact him. A few weeks ago when I asked for the speaker for August 1st, his eyes lit up and he said he wanted to talk on Cloud computing. He knocked all of our socks off with an amazing 30 minute speech on how the cloud impacts each development job today. After the meeting I told him how impressed I was. A few days later he told me that he had just been hired as an architect in another group. He said that I was the reason that he started thinking down those lines. I suddenly realized that I had impacted his life! I was so thrilled.
So even when you think your not making an impact, when you don't see any results, even when lots of folks think that your wasting your time, DONT GiVE UP! You are making an impact.
And if someone makes an impact on you, TELL THEM! They might not hear it from anyone else. You might be the encouragement that keeps them going.