Feeling Small in a “Ginormous” World?

By Kimberly Ambayec

At UniversalGiving’s official headquarters, I sit in the back corner of a small space deemed the “Marketing Area.” What is most pleasant about this space is the tall window that brings our team sunlight. Also important to note about the window is that it showcases an array of tall buildings. As a new intern, ready to observe and absorb, I can’t help but to aspire to one day sit in an office on the highest floor of one of these buildings. And in my experiences, I’ve come to learn that it often takes great aspirations and a modeling of successful “others” to get to the top. With that, I’d like to share the name of a remarkable, high-spirited woman: Nancy Lublin.

Nancy is the CEO of the youth volunteerism organization Do Something and the founder of professional development network Dress for Success. A look through either one of her organizations’ websites and one finds a blend of innovation, empowerment, and vibrance.

Moreover, Nancy is an author. This past week, her latest book Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business was released. Using her personal story and those of friends in the not-for-profit world, Nancy shares her finest tips for starting a business and keeping it growing. Having started now world-renowned Dress for Success on a $5,000 budget, Nancy understands how small steps can significantly impact large leaps in the non-profit “business” realm. More specifically, she highlights these small steps as the ways individuals should be motivated to think beyond themselves.

Suddenly, with the right tools and aspirations, the world seems less “ginormous” to the starting entrepreneur.  Thank you, Nancy, for sharing your tips with us and more so, your story! I hope that those who pick-up Zilch are left with nothing but a bigger picture of themselves in a world that needs movers and changers!


2 thoughts on “Feeling Small in a “Ginormous” World?

  1. Great article. Sometimes starting out is super daunting – however being small keeps you nimble, flexible and responsive – things that the big fish can’t be. That’s our philosophy at Small Change Fund, and we’re finding it really effective.

    • Hi Dani,

      Thanks you for your comment. I highly agree with how being small keeps you “nimble, flexible and responsive” – it’s very important to know how small fish function before, if and when possible, joining the big ones 🙂 Moreover, learning both ends/ sides to any business or story gives the best perspective!


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