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What is Impact?

Written by:  Kraig Ware, VP of Operations, TYGES International

If you are an influencer within your business or on the people around you, you need to ask yourself this question, “What is impact?”  The definition of impact is as follows:

…the action of one object coming forcibly into contact with another

…having a strong effect on someone or something

You may even be an influencer and not even know it.  Look at it like this, no matter what we do everyday, we leave behind “footprints” that will have an impact on someone or something.  As an influencer, you will have impact on those things around you, good or bad…there is no indifferent.  Perhaps a better question to ask ourselves is what is “your” impact on those people/things around you?  I ran across this quote that made me think deeply about that question:

“A life is not important, except in the impact it has on other lives.”
― Jackie Robinson

We all know his story (footprints) and the impact they had on the sports arena and on our world for that matter.  It made me wonder what Jackie’s goal(s) must have been…  Was it just to play baseball in the big league?  Was it for a paycheck? Was it to change/impact the game of baseball forever?  Did he even have a goal?  Regardless of his goal(s), we can all agree that his life had an impact.

There is no doubt that sometimes our actions could have an impact and it be totally accidental.  However, what if we could be more intentional with our actions that ultimately led to positively impacting someone or something?  In other words, set goals in the things we do everyday to make an impact?

Rather accidental or intentional, our actions or lack thereof will have a direct impact on someone or something. 

Try this…within your company or sphere of influence, tie a key metric to an intentional effort to help impact someone else in a positive way.  For example, TYGES International is currently providing $100 for every successful placement (key metric) we make with our clients during 2015, to help build an Orphanage in Kenya for 200 kids that currently have no where to stay.  As of today, TYGES has been blessed to provide about $7,900 toward building this structure.  Intentional impact!  More than likely, we will never see these kids face to face; however, the motivations that we are provided thinking “What if” makes our team strive that much harder for success.

Motivation is not derived from what we do…but WHY we do.

I would really enjoy some conversation about intentional efforts that you or your company have had regarding IMPACT.

I encourage your feedback and would like to connect with you on LinkedIn. You can also follow me at twitter @SKraigWare as I focus on striving for excellence within the business world and within our personal lives. Learn more about TYGES at, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog at

Our mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.

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