Answering the Call


Answering the Call

Hello Interwebs!

It’s been over nine months since I’ve written a personal post for the blog.  Sure, I write all of the blog entries… but this one is different.  I’ve been asked to answer the call.

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Two things have rocked my world this week and I wanted to share them with you.  The first came from a great podcast I’ve been listening to called “How to Start a Startup.”  One of the presenters told a story about the founder of Airbnb who used to ask a very simple, but bold, question to everyone he hired at his company; “If you only had one year left to live, would you continue to do this job?”  Intense, right?  But it got me thinking…

I’ve been asked to answer the call…

Let me start by saying this, I love my job.  I work for an incredible marketing agency and represent a fantastic client in the beer business.  I get to spend every single day in the sports and entertainment field and am fortunate enough to get to call Dallas Cowboys games “work”.  That said, the original question of what I would do if I only had a year left to live rocked me to my core.  Unsurprisingly (I’m sure you can see where this is going) my answer would be to throw myself and everything I have at Hugs Café.

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Earlier this week another friend of mine posted this picture.  I love a good Venn diagram.  As you can see, this shows the meeting point of something that the world needs, that you love, that you’re great at and that you get paid for.  Inside those circles are the junctions where your passion meets your mission, your vocation and your profession.  Supposedly, if you meet all of these criteria, you know you’re working on the right thing.  Minus the part where “you are paid for it” and “profession”, (we are volunteers after all) it’s spot on.

The world, or at least North Texas right now, needs Hugs Café.  I love it and I am great at the things I do.  It’s my passion, my mission and my vocation.  I’ve been called to do something greater than myself and it’s time to answer that call.  More importantly, I’m not alone in this.  Our Board of Directors has answered the call by being a part of Hugs Café.  This isn’t just a hobby for us, it’s our purpose.  It’s what keeps us going each and every day.  When we say “we’re changing the world one hug at a time”, we mean it.

This isn’t just a hobby for us, it’s our purpose.

For those of you that have been following our progress since we launched our website and social media pages last year, you’ve likely noticed that things are moving at warp speed right now.  We’re constantly meeting with members of the community, hosting events, raising funds, and doing so much more behind the scenes.  We’re doing all the things a budding restaurant and social enterprise needs to do to open its doors.  That’s a good thing, a very, very, good thing.

We’re so close to opening our doors I can taste it.  We’ve got some BIG events coming up that we would love to share with you but can’t do it just yet.  Just know this, with your help and the collective wisdom and skills of the Hugs Café team, we are going to open this fall.  We are going to change the lives of our future teammates and the hearts of North Texas.  We’re going to bring awareness and support for this incredible group of people.  It’s not going to be easy but, with your help and support, we’re going to do this.

We’re so close to opening our doors I can taste it

We’re being asked to push ourselves, to do more, to try harder, and to work longer to make this happen.  It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.

The phone is ringing, how will you answer the call?

Jared Thompson

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