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Sullivan: Ask the busiest person you know

Published: Saturday, July 19, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

“If you want something done, ask a busy person,” Benjamin Franklin.

There is a good reason busy people are in high demand. They are the type of people willing to make sacrifices, go the extra mile and ensure the vision is executed. Because they are busy, they appreciate the value of time – their’s and others’ – and not want to waste it. These same people often have many commitments, taking on multiple roles within our community, demonstrating their willingness to get involved.

My name is Donna, and I am a joiner.

I’m not alone. In fact, many of us find ourselves coming and going, updating calendars and volunteering to help chair or be a part of a committee or event, and we enjoy it. The opportunity to meet so many wonderful, talented and interesting people is priceless. The intangible benefits alone, such as pride, satisfaction and accomplishment, are worthwhile in themselves. When we volunteer, we often solve problems, connect to others and strengthen our community.

Almost everyday, I interact with skilled and experienced people who volunteer and are joiners. They bring invaluable local knowledge and the enthusiasm that makes our community work so well.

Perhaps the first and biggest benefit from joining a committee and volunteering is the satisfaction of making a difference in our community and country.

Kaylene S. Mathews, a leadership life coach and corporate trainer, best breaks down the difference between being busy and being productive:

Busy leaves you exhausted. Productive leaves you energized.

Busy never feels finished. Productive feels satisfied.

Busy always takes and never gives in return. Productive multiplies your return on investment.

Busy is scattered. Productive is laser focused.

Busy never ends. Productive has clearly defined stopping points.

Busy unconsciously squeezes out important. Productive prioritizes important.

Busy sounds important. Productive is important.

Busy isn’t purposeful. Productive is purposeful.

Busy is a time thief. Productive is a time multiplier.

It’s never too late. There always will be causes, committees and events.

If you always have wanted to try it, start small and, before you know it, you, too, will be a joiner.

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Thank you to all the sponsors who supported and assisted in making the Fourth of July in Wonder Lake a huge success. A special thank you to Dennis Gallo, our chairman and fearless leader of the Fourth of July committee who is stepping down.

Dennis has passed this important torch to Cindy and Jack Giba, and we wish them well.

• Donna Sullivan is executive director of the Wonder Lake Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at 815-728-0682.

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