Everyday Superhumans is all about the people making the world a little better each and every day. We showcase entrepreneurs and nonprofit directors along with their mission and future goals as a means to inspire our fantastic audience to go out and make a change in their community.
But some of you might still be in your journey of building your nonprofit or business, or maybe you’re working a job you like but you want to do something else on the side to make a positive change. This post will provide you with all the information you need to make a difference each and every day.
Superhuman Tactic #1 – Donate, donate, donate!
This is one I personally follow. Every paycheck I get I give a certain portion of it to charity. My advice before giving is to do your homework and research charities before giving back to them. You could create complicated excel spreadsheets to help you narrow in on the best people to donate to, but if you want to save yourself the time and have real data scientists figure it out for you, then I highly encourage is the use of websites like Charity Navigator, or Give Well. They both do a spectacular job at raiting charities based on their performance and transparency. As of this moment I have reoccurring donations to Cool Earth, and AFAR. Two nonprofits whose missions I highly believe in.
If you want to make effective giving a part of your lifestyle, then I highly highly recommended Doing Good Better, by William MacAskill, cofounder of 80,000 Hours, and Giving What We Can. That book single handedly changed my life and was one of the major influences in starting Everyday Superhumans.
We even have our own growing list of small business, nonprofits, and businesses we support. You can find it here!
Superhuman Tactic #2 – Volunteer
The next best thing to donate other than money is your time. Volunteering is the most powerful weapon each nonprofit has. Unlike a job, a place where you have to work, volunteering is something you want to work on. Passionate volunteers are the key to a successful nonprofit. In a recent interview with Austin Pets Alive (APA) executive director, Dr. Ellen Jefferson, she emphasized the importance of volunteers. Without the passionate people lending a few hours a week to APA’s mission Dr. Jefferson would have never been able to fulfill her dream of making Austin a no-kill city. Thanks to their efforts Austin has the lowest animal euthanasia rate in the country!
Seek out a cause you believe in, find a local nonprofit that’s supporting it and then go and make a difference! VolunteerMatch is my favorite site to visit when I’m itching for an organization to volunteer for.
Superhuman Tactic #3 – Turn your computer into a supercomputer
If you have too tight of a budget to donate, or too busy to volunteer there is a third option: your computer. Many years ago IBM launched the World Community Grid (WCG), an amazing program that makes use of your computer’s processing power when you’re not using it to solve complex computational problems a simple desktop couldn’t do on it’s own. It’s practically The Avengers of computers!
I personally am a huge fan of the WCG and began using it back in college when I was too busy or poor to volunteer.
Superhuman Tactic #4 – Help Someone Out
This is the simplest, but usually the most forgotten way to be superhuman. It’s so easy to want to work on the big picture, or get wrapped up in our own lives, that we often forget to do the simple things like holding open the door for a stranger, buying gifts for friends, or helping a coworker out. There are hundreds of opportunities each day to help make the world a better place each and every day.
This list is far from comprehensive. There are as many ways to help the world as there are people, if not more. These are just a few tips you can use to make the world a better place each and every day.