By Bilal Saeed
We all have our own idea about the meaning of "making a difference" but making a difference really comes down to one thing: positive impact.
Since officially entering the exciting world of entrepreneurship in January of 2008, I immediately realized the freedom and flexibility that came along with the great deal of responsibilities. At first, I assumed this freedom meant that I could work when I wanted to, wear what I wanted to work, and basically do whatever I wanted to!
But it wasn't long before I realized that the true meaning of being an entrepreneur is being able to control your own destiny. Among the great deal of responsibilities that come with launching a new product, or penetrating a new market, comes the responsibility to be a leader in your community, both local and globally. Whether times are tough, or revenues are record setting, making a difference found its way to the top of my priority list.
In 2009 we were able to launch two successful and charitable events like the Ford Lake Frozen Leap benefiting the American Heart Association, and the Discilanti Open benefiting SOS Community Services. We immediately began seeing the impact in our community, but more so within ourselves and our business. Even though these events had little or nothing to do with our business, it definitely helped us as entrepreneurs, in terms of controlling our own destiny. Making a difference is a privilege and that's why I continue to involve myself in efforts that have a positive impact.