Today’s guest blogger is Kaj Moenck, Success Engineer for Agosto clients, who just returned from his fourth and latest trip to El Salvador with Habitat for Humanity. He has also built homes in Alaska and Mississippi.
Habitat trips give me the chance to recharge my batteries. I love to travel, build with my hands, and to meet and lead people. Habitat gives me the opportunity to do all that on one trip, but it also allows me an opportunity to give back. Not everyone has had the same opportunities in life and I feel it’s important to give back something to the global community, whether it is local or abroad.
What we do through Habitat means so much to the people we help. Most of the people we help can’t understand why someone would travel so far or do so much just to help them, but honestly it feels really good to do this.
I was thinking about how this relates to my work with Agosto. In both situations, I help build relationships. In El Salvador, I play games with kids – they’re always curious when they see a tall guy that looks different from them – so I invite them over and talk to them and get to know them. They appreciate that I’m there helping, and I get to know about the families and neighborhoods that we’re helping.
I do a lot of the same things at Agosto. I spend a lot of time speaking with our clients to find out what they’re interested in, and what they dream of for the future of their companies. I really get to learn their story, where they’re coming from and where they want to go.
In both my Habitat work and my work with Agosto clients, I hope to empower people to be the next leader of their own communities. I encourage them to work with me, with the tools I can help provide, to get a feeling for what’s possible. Then they can come up with something completely new – in the case of work, with something Google and Agosto can help them to achieve.
I am fortunate at both Habitat and at Agosto that I know how good it can feel to do the work that I do, purely because I have something to share. And others do as well. Maybe it’s talent for building a house, maybe for teaching kids, maybe it’s helping a Google Appsadministrator work through an issue. Helping other people means that I get so much more out of my work than those that I help could ever know.
In the case of Habitat, and Agosto, the world keeps getting smaller. It’s just not that big a place. The families I help through Habitat have the same hopes and dreams for their kids as I do for my own. And the companies I help at Agosto are seeking the pathways to success that I can help guide them toward. I am lucky that I get to see my small impact on both.