Emerging sage leaders derive great satisfaction in learning they have made a difference in other people’s lives. Examples include projects for youth and the elderly, helping kids who have a terrible home experience, developing work programs for families on public assistance, seeing what a difference mentoring makes in a child’s life, and finding loving homes for abandoned dogs. And there are also the intimate encounters in helping others:
I get to see everything I am working toward in the faces of children every day. I feel confident I can walk into any classroom at any time and will see something amazing taking place. It is incredibly rewarding. And occasionally they make me brownies.
Seeing the results of community improvement is especially meaningful to many emerging sages. This ranges from great good that a Hospital Foundation does, to the incredible impact of 15,000 people coming from across the country to a Film Festival, to the satisfaction that is derived from creativity and passion in making the community a better place in which to live:
I take a lot of satisfaction when business leaders in Nevada City say, “This was the best Victorian Christmas we’ve ever had.” I fully understand that a great Victorian Christmas can make their entire season because it feeds families and puts money into the economy, which trickles down and keeps schools and other things open.
And there are those very special community achievements that promise to endure forever:
At least three dozen places in the Sierras will remain as they are today in perpetuity, because either South Yuba River Citizen’s League or the Sierra Fund made this happen. I very much enjoy knowing that my kids are going to be able to go to Purden Crossing, or Spenceville Wildlife Preserve, or Donner Pass, or Bald Mountain, or the Truckee River, or any of these other projects for which I have provided leadership. This makes me very happy.Download Article 1K Club