I’ve known for a long time that I’m naturally drawn towards making connections – connecting people with resources, with other people, with ideas. It seems like a day rarely passes where I’m not sending some link, article or other resource I’ve dug up to someone I know because I was reminded of a conversation we had, or a passion we share.
Connecting people to resources around whatever excites them, what brings them alive, is exciting and fun for me. Providing resources to fuel someone else’s passion in turn energizes me.
Sometimes the resource I’ve found is a fit for the recipient, and sometimes it isn’t. But it’s really about facilitating a new possibility. As a former colleague of mine once told me, the term "facilitate" comes from the French word, "facile": easy. Being a facilitator should be about making things easier.
Facilitator, reference librarian, connector – I’m not sure what the right term is, but making connections links into key values of mine about service to others, collaboration, and creativity. I know that when I’m connecting with others in this way, I’m tapping into my best self. It’s part of how I define how I’m making a difference.
What about you? What role does connecting play in your work to make a difference?