Two days ago, my 14-year-old son and I returned from a ten-day trip to West Virginia. This adventure had nothing to do with summer get-aways or rest and recreation. However, this trip had a different purpose. For my son and I, it was first-hand experience helping and serving the people of Appalachia. Our destination was Logan County, the town of Man.
What does West Virginia have to do with medical device sales? In sales I enjoyed helping people and making a living while doing it. In West Virginia, I helped other people make a place to live. Let me tell you about the group that made this possible.
Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is open to all people and fosters human development by addressing the housing needs of Central Appalachia. Each year about 15,000 volunteers repair homes for 400-500 low-income families in rural areas of Central Appalachia. Their goal is to make homes warmer, safer and drier for families in need, while offering transformational experiences for families, volunteers and staff alike
Our family welcomed our group into their home, and their children made us feel like part of their family. I went Appalachia determined to count the numerous differences between us, and I left with the realization that one universal connection was more important that all of the differences between us. If you haven’t guessed it by now, it was the love they had for their family and neighbors. The desire to help and serve other people was just as strong in West Virginia as it is anywhere in the world.
I would like to tell you that this experience has made me a better sales professional, but that would not be the whole truth. The truth is, it made me a better person, husband, father, and neighbor as well.
I was privileged and honored to work side-by-side with other people who felt the same way I did about helping others. They too donated their time and resources to be here and make a difference. They were not sales professionals, but everyday people. I dare say anyone of them would make us sales professionals proud by their passion and belief in the ASP experience, and the ability to sell it to others in their community. We could learn a lot from them.
My purpose and passion to help and serve others has taken me to many places, but none more memorable that West Virginia.
Where will your purpose and passion take you?