One of the things I love about my work is that I get to spend time with groups of professionals designing and executing “Grand Challenges,” those big, bold goals that leverage expertise and experience, combining it with partners from other organizations, and using it to make a positive contribution to the world. This work fills my heart and lights my inner fire.

It’s not easy work. There are many reasons people want to lower their sights, focus on something that seems easy to accomplish. And there can be interpersonal issues, baggage from past interactions that makes it challenging for people to collaborate. Then there’s the goal itself, so big that it makes people uncomfortable. But, it’s always worth it in the long run.

Grand Challenges not only deliver results to the beneficiaries, they ignite passion in the professionals who contribute. Their hearts come alive and so do their minds.

There are so many leaders in the world who want to make a difference, but they are not sure how to do it. The Grand Challenge format provides infrastructure. But the infrastructure is nothing without the enthusiasm (enthusiasm means “divinely inspired” from en “in + theos “god”) of the professionals who dedicate their time, energy and know-how to making a difference.

What might you do this week to contribute to our world, to fan the internal flame in your professional life?

“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.”
Aldous Huxley