Do I Matter?


Be honest with yourself, there are days you wonder why you push so hard? Why do you knock yourself out day after long, busy day. There must be some illustrious prize waiting for you, other than a paycheck.

So does what you do matter? Are you following the rhythm of your heart? At the end of the day do you feel like what you did made a difference to somebody else or to the world?

What does it mean to matter? Why is it important to matter? What if I didn’t matter? Would anybody notice?

These are not easy questions to answer. It is up to each one of us to look inside ourselves and understand what is important to us. For what makes me matter, might be different than what makes you matter.

I, just like a lot of us, struggle wondering if I’m doing what I am meant to do. I know what work drives my passion and makes me feel like I have purpose. What do I do to follow that dream and pursue that passion? How do I make my life have meaning and purpose?

Asking questions about who we are, where we are going and what makes our life important, are good questions to ask ourselves on a regular basis. This doesn’t mean that we don’t understand who we are and where we are going, what it does do is it helps to solidify our vision for who we are meant to be.

This past week has been a rough week on myself, my family and my extended family. We all learned that one of my aunt’s is near the end of her life. We also received the devastating news of a car accident that took the life of a young member of our extended family. These events create questions without answers many times. For me it gives me the opportunity to really analyze my purpose on this earth.

So when I asked the question do I matter, I’m wondering if what I do has a positive impact on the people that are in my life. I may never know the answer to that question. It also reminds me that I need to follow my purpose in life and not someone else’s purpose.

So when you sit back and ask yourself, do I matter? Take time to appreciate that you do matter and that what you do does have purpose and meaning to others. As you listen to that inner voice reminding you of who you are and what you are supposed to be doing, I want you to trust it . Trust that inner voice.

Now go out there and make a positive impact on those that are in your life.

Dean Raasch is a business consultant and inspirational speaker. You can reach him at Follow his podcast Raasch Thoughts on iTunes or iHeartRadio.