"Why are you here?" I've been asked this question many times and - to my detriment - I've always struggled with a ready answer over the years - no matter the context.
Why is it so difficult for me to share myself? Bottom line - I don't like being judged - even when I'm very certain the results will be in my favor. I'd rather just fly under the radar.
My inability to respond appropriately to this question cost me a great job opportunity - but I look back and see many positive outcomes around this turning point in my life. One amazing result - I had the opportunity to meet Rosalind Hamar at a local Livermore event which resulted in my involvement with TEDxLivermore in 2013.
So short answer... My primary motivator was a need to be connected to the community while I was in between jobs. Happy chance - very quickly I came to respect the core team members even though we come from very different worlds.
From an engineer's standpoint - dropping into a group of individuals that are motivated by something other than project milestones is a challenge! I had to work hard to understand viewpoints that were 180 degrees out from my own and to learn how to inspire/motivate people without authority (leading a group of volunteers is its own beast!).
So why am I still here? I've had subsequent jobs since then - other consulting opportunities as well - but I'm still here. So why AM I still here? Bottom line - it is because of my team members. They continually have Ideas Worth Spreading and visions that are worth supporting and pushing forward. Whether we are focused on education, creativity or empathy - there is always a valuable message to be heard.
What might motivate you to get involved in TEDxLivermore?
Whatever your reasons, I invite you to join me, join us, and volunteer for TEDxLivermore 2016.
We need you! And hopefully, you'll find you needed us.