So you think you’ve got problems?

Regular readers of this blog will know that this month I have been writing about obstacles and challenges that impede our progress in business. Today I’m sticking with the theme but from a different angle. Sometimes our problems assume greater proportions than they really deserve so I think it’s time for some context.

In the first week of November 2013 the strongest typhoon ever to make landfall hit the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) killed more than 5000 people and destroyed the homes and livelihoods of thousands more. The typhoon flattened houses, business premises and more. Large boats were washed ashore where they still remain. The devastation is unimaginable. The rebuilding will take a long time but before it can happen land needs to be cleared.

Typhoon Haiyan

This is known as seven boat road! The boats remain where the typhoon left them. Photos courtesy of Jenny Burns and Robbie Brown

My 23 year old niece, Jenny, and her boyfriend Robbie have spent the last 14 weeks working on disaster relief with All Hands Volunteers in the Tacloban area of the Philippines. They have paid for their own flights and endured very basic living conditions (see their blog for just how basic) working for their food and accommodation. (This is Jenny’s second stint with All Hands in the Philippines as she worked on earthquake recovery a couple of years ago.)

Disaster relief challenges

This was once someone’s home.

When you see Jenny and Robbie’s photos and read their blog you realise that the obstacles and challenges we face in our lives and businesses are tiny in comparison. That’s not to say that our obstacles and challenges are not important however I hope these photos will give a better sense of perspective.

All Hands Volunteers are busy clearing these sites to allow re-building. They are working with the local authorities and other charities to ensure that the work is properly planned and executed. In this blog post Jenny explains the work.

Can you help? I’m giving something in return!

In addition to giving their time and labour Jenny and Robbie are fund raising for All Hands Volunteers and I am trying to help. That’s where you come in! I would like you to donate to Jenny and Robbie’s fundraising efforts, but this week (until May 24th 2014) I’m offering something to help you overcome your business development obstacles in return for your donations.

  • Donate £10 and receive a free hour of marketing consultancy
  • Donate £25 and get a copy of My Marketing Plan as well as the free hour (worth £137)
  • Donate £50 and get a 3 hour marketing planning session together with your completed My Marketing Plan (worth £340)

If you are in the London area we can meet in person, if you are further afield we’ll make use of technology. Wherever you are we’ll find a way. All you have to do is to make your donation on Robbie and Jenny’s Just Giving page and then email me a copy of your Just Giving receipt, I’ll then be in touch.

Typhoon Haiyan

These were people’s homes.

Please hurry. Jenny and Robbie finish their stint with All Hands this week and would like to hand over their donation before they leave. As I write this they are just £45 short of their £1000 target. I know there is some more money to come in and I think it would be the most marvellous surprise for them to find that  they had smashed their target with help from people who don’t know them. I hope you can help. Thank you.


1 thought on “So you think you’ve got problems?

  1. It is a good example to use for your purpose of motivation people to stop giving excuses and actually get things done regarding their business. Nowadays the amount of major problems all over the world is unbelievably increasing to a light speed, being it about the weather, about finances, about social and political problems. The mainstream media do not report that very well but we always look alternative medias to get well informed. Anyway, normally we take things for granted and don’t value what we have. Normally we do not care for other while we have our own comfort but one day when we may lose ours, we then wake up to do something about the major problems of the world. Having said that it is very good of you that you are linking your business to a social cause. How much can our business to for the world’s problems? 😉 Marcos

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