Why I Do What I Do

Someone recently asked me why I do what I do.  I wanted to make sure that I answered honestly and thoroughly so I took half of a day and thought about the question.  First of all I wanted to be clear as to what it was this person thinks I do.  Their question pertained to my blogging, MS volunteering, writing the book, answering all the questions, tolerating the negative comments, tolerating those that steal my posts, etc.

My answer was short and concise: I must be the change I want to see in the world.  I have adopted this quote spoken by


Gandhi and put it into action.  I cannot ask anyone to do something I am not willing to do myself.  I cannot talk to people about living a healthy lifestyle if I do not.  I cannot talk to people about helping others if I do not.  I cannot encourage others to give their time helping if I do not give my time.  I cannot talk about the Habits of Success if I do not live those habits daily.

I put up with all the hassle, headaches, long hours and aggravation to set the best example I can in hopes that someone will take up my example and go volunteer somewhere and help another human being.  That one single act of kindness could begin a chain reaction of events that could lead to incredible results. Or that single act of kindness could stand alone as simply helping one person enjoy a hot meal.  I have no idea what the long-term impact of Dream Big will be, if any at all.

I do know that what I do I do because I care enough to do something versus sit around and do nothing.

I do have a sense that this mission I am on is special and the fast growth of our readership shows that others sense that as well.  But do I feel this is a mission from God, as this person asked?  Not in the usual religious understanding.  I shed all religious designations on purpose and adopt a “it is what it is” philosophy.  I take action to help and let others define what that means.

Designations detract from the work in my opinion.  I love people by trying to help.  I love people by volunteering with the MS Society.  I love people by giving my money to the homeless.  I love people by writing this blog to encourage change.  I love people by continuing the many levels of charity work.

And it simply is what it is.

Honestly, I realize that of the 6,500 people who read my blog each month only a handful will actually put principles into place in their life and begin making a difference.  Whether it be eating better and losing weight or volunteering at the homeless shelter, if I get 1% to take any type of action I will have succeeded.

So to answer the question “Why do you do what you do?”…  I do what I do because the alternative of doing nothing is not acceptable.

Big Dreamer


22 thoughts on “Why I Do What I Do

  1. I am amazed at your following and at the readership. Simple facts put across non-judgmentally- in language everyone can understand.
    In a time long ago, people asked a person, or at least wondered, you are a king ,why do you live among the masses and His answer was not in words but by his deeds- it is the sick who need a doctor and not the healthy. He could have spent his time in a palace but he chose to minister and not to be ministered unto. This is a metaphor for your calling Danny, I think.

    1. Susie you gave me chills. I typed out a sentence while writing this and then deleted it because it sounded to dramatic. But the same man refused to define even himself when asked by answering a question with a question…”who do you say that I am?”

      1. How humble is that ! I am glad you got who I was talking about.
        I am reminded of Him when I read your posts and know what you do. It just goes to show that He still lives and in the most unexpected of places, he surfaces.
        Danny, you make the sun shine in so many lives. Keep up the good work and fight the good fight !

  2. This is packed with truth, thank you for sharing it. I have started sharing/helping, though I am no where near your accomplishments. The line “That one single act of kindness could begin a chain reaction of events that could lead to incredible results.” is the thought that is spurring me on. I have developed the practice – if someone asks me for cash for grocery, gasoline, etc – and I have it on me – I give it with the condition that when they are able, and someone else in need, the “pass the fire” and help them. Don’t know if they will – but it’s a start.

    1. Marcus that is a great attitude. Too many of us worry about what the receiver is going to do with the money, but that is not our concern. Our job is to have the spirit of giving and to act on it when prompted!!

  3. I think it is great what you are doing. You are helping the world out in a big way! As long as you touch someone, you have done a good deed. But, you will not only touch many with your writing, but just giving back and showing others that you care. It speaks volumes!

  4. This is great, Daniel. I just read (today or yesterday… I have chemo brain and don’t remember things for long, at times) I saw a quote/photo (and it might have been on your site?) that showed a man working – and the gist of the quote was that there are times that we have to enjoy the process, and not just the end product… that the actual work of the thing, whatever it is, has to be enough to keep us going at times. It sounds like your views on life segue into this perspective quite well… or at least I hope they do. If you enjoy what you do, just because of doing it, when you don’t know how many people’s lives you will touch in the end, then you are ‘doing it right’ so to speak. It seems that we have to let go of the end product: We can’t do a job just because we believe we’re going to save someone or fix someone’s life. We have to do the job because we enjoy the job and because we believe in the entire process. Ahhhh… I just found the quote on Fizzle: “There will be times when the grind itself must be the thing that drives you. YOu have to love the effort divorced from the result.” Myke Cole
    What do you think?

    1. I love that quote! And yes I do what I do because of love the process. Whatever the results are out of my control. I appreciate you taking the time to leave such good feedback! And I appreciate you taking the time to read my post!! Thank you Jo!

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