How to answer the question: “What do you make?”

This is from a blog for men call All-Swagga (don’t let the name fool you – it really isn’t about swagga at all but about being true and honest).   This is from an author Taylor Mali – by far one of the most powerful responses to this question I’ve ever seen.

You want to know what I make? I make kids wonder, I make them question. I make them criticize. I make them apologize and mean it. I make them write, write, write. And then I make them read. I make them spell definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful over and over and over again until they will never misspell either one of those words again. I make them show all their work in math. And hide it on their final drafts in English.  I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.  I can make a C+ feel like a Congressional medal of honor and an A- feel like a slap in the face. How dare you waste my time with anything less than your very best. I make them understand that if you got this (brains) then you follow this (heart) and if someone ever tries to judge you by what you make, you give them this (the finger). Let me break it down for you, so you know what I say is true: I make a goddamn difference! What about you? – Taylor Mali

So what do you make? 

Do you make a difference?  Is your job something that you feel so proud about that it transcends dollars and makes an impact on the world? For me, right now, no.  But for me the question isn’t about today – it is about what I can do tomorrow.  And the day after that and so on…  And the answer to that question is yes – a big, hell yes!

So ask yourself this: can you answer this question with as much conviction and force as Taylor Mali?  Do you have the passion for what you do to be able to make a response to this question like this?

If you don’t, what are you going to do about it? 

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