Damian O’Broin works with Ask Direct. He is the second guest blogger this week:
Why do you do what you do?
It was never supposed to be this way. By my 37th birthday I shouldâ€™ve been nicely settled in some professorship position having already bagged that Nobel prize for physics.
And failing that, surely Iâ€™d be sitting in my Dalkey mansion, counting my gold discs and leafing through the scrapbooks of critical acclaim from rock jouros the world over.
But no, here I am trying to keep a small business going with one hand, while trying to change the world by raising piles of money for progressive causes with the other. Hmmm. So why do I do what I do?
To explain. I run a fundraising and marketing agency for non-profits. I have no marketing qualifications. But I have read one of Seth Godinâ€™s books. Ireland has no recognised fundraising qualifications. Although I do have nearly 15 years experience in non-profit communications, which I suppose counts for something.
The short answer, if it doesnâ€™t sound too twee, is that I want to change the world. Thereâ€™s a million things that make me angry, upset, outraged. And a million more that I know we could do better, quicker, fairer.
And I enjoy my job. On several levels.
Iâ€™m honoured to be able to use what talent I have to help organisations I believe in â€“ groups like the Irish Hospice Foundation, Womenâ€™s Aid, Friends of the Earth and Barretstown â€“ to raise more money and win new supporters. And conversely, that means I donâ€™t have to sell my soul to The Man.
I love the challenge of constantly trying to produce work thatâ€™s better than what weâ€™ve done before.
And I love the thrill of running my own business. Building and creating an enterprise that will â€“ hopefully â€“ grow and develop and provide for my family for years to come.
So itâ€™s not a vocation. Itâ€™s a job, a career. Not that different to any other trade or profession. And there are times when I think Iâ€™d get lots of satisfaction from carpentry or organic farming â€“ if I wasnâ€™t such a city-boy who canâ€™t cut a mortise joint to save his life.
So why do you do what you do?
Do you do what you want to do?
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