A recent news article shared the story of a high school cross country team that takes dogs from the animal shelter along on their morning runs. A member of the shelter’s staff saw the team running by the facility each day and realized there could be a mutually beneficial connection. The shelter could have volunteers able to really exercise their dogs and the cross country team could add a new purpose to their otherwise routine practices. I love this idea!

Think about how you can adapt the same principle to fulfill your needs – who already does what you are seeking? Maybe mall walkers could push baby strollers and provide parents with an hour-long respite; frequent fliers could serve as document couriers or an aspiring pianist who needs an audience could pair with a nursing home which needs entertainment.

People are out there every day with the capacity to serve multiple purposes with what they are doing already.

In what non-traditional ways can you capitalize on this?

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