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Question: How Can I Avoid Getting Burned Out as a Business Mentor?
I would like to share my experience with someone starting out, but I’m afraid that adding this to my long list of responsibilities will be draining. How can I balance the responsibility?
Meet our Executive: Genevieve Piturro, Founder, Pajama Program
Genevieve Piturro is the founder of the Pajama Program. She is a motivational speaker and coach with a mission to embolden others to “Find YOUR Pajamas” — their true purpose. Twenty years after its inception, Genevieve’s Pajama Program has delivered 6 million gifts of new pajamas and new books to children throughout the US who have a right to a loving good night regardless of their circumstances.
Be Open to the Inspiration A Person With Less Experience Can Offer
Over my 20 years as founder of Pajama Program, I have met and mentored hundreds of people with unique and heartfelt ideas for nonprofits. Some have jumped off the corporate ladder as I did, and others found ways to help while continuing in their day jobs. All had three things in common – 1) they personally witnessed a need and felt compelled to fill it, 2) they shared their visions with everyone they met, and 3) they realized that they themselves needed to find their purpose, or as I like to say, Find THEIR Pajamas!
Recently, I decided to marry mentorship with an intimate conference. I created an event called the Find Your Pajamas Nonprofit Business Intensive & Pitch Contest. We brought founders of 18 nonprofits looking to take their work to the next level together with 16 veteran nonprofit founders and leaders. The idea was for the veterans to teach the newbies.
We were there as teachers to share our stories, successful and disappointing, offer our insights and our shortcuts, and suggest how to condense an elevator speech to 2 minutes. We answered questions all day about fundraising, building your board, storytelling, marketing, legal issues and public relations, and we were enthusiastic and reassuring as we cheered them on.
But what we received from our new nonprofits was greater than anything we could give them – a huge dose of bold, passionate and unbridled INSPIRATION. How fresh and authentic that felt! And all because they shared what they’re going through – their dreams, their fears, their wins, their losses, their pasts and their hopes for our world moving forward.
The camaraderie, kinship, and spirit of togetherness that started the minute each participant walked into the event was immediately palpable. We shared passion, joy, and exhilaration over each other’s ideas and for one day, the trepidation and insecurities each of us founders carries was washed away. Every nonprofit inspired and motivated me to believe in humanity’s enduring goodness and I am in awe of every single one of them.
The Power of One is an incredible force. What I have discovered over the past 20 years is that ONE person’s passion and the simple human connection to each other grows into The Power of One-Another. As the Human-Connection speaker, I teach and mentor leaders and entrepreneurs how the power of one is a tremendous force and how one becomes many. With commitment and dedication, the impossible becomes possible and solutions will arise from people and places we least expect when we are truly connecting with others.
Tips for Harnessing The Power of One:
- Whatever it is you want to do, begin it now!
- Just say YES
- Commitment and dedication – solutions will arrive often from people and places we least expect once you have committed
- Believe that the impossible will become possible
Others will be drawn to your cause and help you move forward like magic. You will inspire others to Find Their Pajamas — their purpose in life.