The word “intervene” is remarkable. It holds the idea of thoughtful, purposed, determined, caring and championing another for their best.
I sat across from a woman at a conference a couple weeks ago acting as a mentor.
She probed about my businesses to get a picture for what it does and where it’s going, what I do, what I want to do and where I want to go. I was giving good professional answers. “I want Givily to have X customers in this market by X time.” You know, those answers. After a few answers to her questions that weren’t wrong, but definitely not right, she rephrased the question again and it finally came out in that well-fine-if-you-must tone.
“I want to be the first female in history to purchase an NFL team.”
Her hand slammed down on the table and she lit up, “Now, that’s what I was waiting to hear. I knew something was in there.”
She went on to give encouragement, guidance, inspiration and direction on getting there. “All I ask is to have a ticket to a game. Maybe a box or something.”
[Yes, my eyes threatened to puddle a few times during this short conversation but I held it together.]
But the moment that really took my breath away was when I stood up to leave and asked Jan to describe exactly what she does for people.
“I hear people’s dreams and make them happen. I intervene.”
I hope we get as clear about our purpose and abilities as Jan.