On a Mission to Make a Difference

by Lee Buford on September 10, 2010

The idea of using our gifts, talents, and skills to have a positive affect on humanity is nothing new. In fact, we were created to do just that by a gracious, loving God who equipped each of us with unique gifts to be shared. And while the concept of giving back may not be new or revolutionary, it is unfortunately a bit of a rarity in today’s society…especially in business.

My friend Doug invited me to attend Refresh Greenville, a gathering of tech professionals in my area who meet to share information, ideas, and best practices on all things creative. This monthly event features a few guest speakers and plenty of time to network and fellowship with others in attendance. I enjoyed my time there, and learned quite a bit from each of the speakers, all of whom shared some great ideas on different areas of their expertise. One in particular, Mike Kuechenmeister, really made an impact on me and everyone else in attendance.

Mike Kuechenmeister

Mike is the man behind SUPERGREEN, a tech company who provides a wide portfolio of services in many areas including branding, marketing, and web design. Mike and his team are talented no doubt. But his message was more impactful than his portfolio, and he clearly has his eyes set on a bigger mission.

You see, Mike is that guy. He’s one of the rare breed who is committed to doing business a different way…committed to making a difference on more levels than the bottom line. SUPERGREEN is passionate about helping non-profits and those in need, and he challenged the rest of us to do the same. His work has impacted lives, ministries, and organizations from Bangladesh to Afghanistan, all because he is intentional in efforts to help and give back to those in need. In addition to the giving of his time and personal skills and resources, Mike takes it a step further, connecting with other business owners who are willing to do the same. As a result he and others are able to provide great technology platforms and materials to folks who then use them to raise support and carry out their own personal missions to better a world in need. 

Mike left us with these two thoughts:

  • We can’t do everything, but we can do something.
  • Don’t buy the lie:  don’t say you’re going to wait until the time is right, until you have more money, etc…that time will never come. Do it now.

We need more companies and individuals who are committed to the things Mike and SUPERGREEN are doing around the globe. We need more folks who are willing to use their blessings to bless others. We need people who want to make a difference.

Are you one of those people? Could you be one of those people? How can you leverage your God-given abilities and gifts to make a difference?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jason M. Blumer September 11, 2010 at 1:08 am

Lee, great to meet you last night. Mike did do a great job, and I want to have my eyes fixed on bigger things just like he does.

Thanks for this great post and review of Mike’s mission.

Jason M. Blumer

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Lee Buford September 11, 2010 at 4:22 am

Thanks, Jason! It was great to meet you as well, and I really appreciate your insights. It’s great to see how you are changing the game in your field. Keep up the good work, and I look forward to seeing you again soon!

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SUPERGREEN September 14, 2010 at 2:03 am

Hey Lee, thanks so much for the nice article. There’s nothing more rewarding than using your gifts to serve God. I’m sure you know all about that 😉 Blessings, Mike-

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Lee Buford September 13, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Mike, I agree completely, and I appreciate what you and Supergreen are doing to serve and love others! Keep up the good work!

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