You cannot BELIEVE how excited I am. I am going to break from the norm here on CultureMutt and ask you to PLEASE vote for me (scroll down on the linked page and you’ll see my name listed). Why?
Because Tim Ferriss, the TOP 1000 Blogger / New York Times Bestselling Author whom I look up to HUGELY, just shortlisted me from a group of about 300 fundraisers and I am now in the final group of 5 to be considered for a Round-the-World-Trip.
I could not believe that I had been shortlisted, it took a friend from Atlanta giving me the heads-up on Facebook for me to go and check the results.
It gets even better. Even if I don’t win the RTW ticket, I still have a 3 out of 5 chance to be listed as one of 10 fundraisers that helped bring in $20,000 for one of three schools (with Tim’s matching gift the total raised will be $60,000 and his combined efforts will therefore build three schools) that are being built through the organization Room to Read.
Just over two weeks ago, on July 31st, I wrote What Really Matters to You, a post that helped to start get the ball rolling in terms of my own fundraising for the cause. I explained that, in line with CultureMutt’s pursuit of “savvy, global do-gooding” I was supporting Tim Ferriss who
is absolutely one of the “architects of positive change” that I aim to emulate and write about. He’s turning 34 and instead of b-day presents he’s asking people to donate to Room to Read – World Change Starts with Educated Children that, among other things, builds libraries in Asia and Africa. His post invites readers to give to the cause and includes the hook that if you give and spread the word… he’ll include you in a drawing for a free round-the-world air ticket:
I ended up doing a ton of online promotion which you can read about on the voting page. The result was that I made the cut and was listed as one of Tim’s top 5 promoters. Tim’s readers are now voting on the best commenter/promoter out of the five shortlisted contestants.
I am trying to keep this post short and to the point but, once again, I would REALLY appreciate your vote. My wife Jammie and I have already committed to visiting at least one of the schools/libraries that will be built as a result of this fundraising, regardless of whether I win or not. But how much fun would it be to win!