I’m an Airbnb host. That means that I am on the Airbnb.com platform, having listed my space as a vacation rental so that business/pleasure travelers have a homey place to stay. I love doing this, I love having people in my home, meeting them, talking with them, and just plain ole connecting.
It makes this world a much nicer and smaller place. My visitors come from all over, Nigeria, Quebec, various states. Its great to hear their perspectives on life.
Just recently, I attended the Airbnb Open conference in Paris, France. Where 5000+ hosts gathered to learn, network, and be a part of something larger than ourselves. I will say it was phenomenal! I used to host merely as a way to make extra money. But after the conference, I now have the understanding and a changed outlook on what this is, a close-knit community.
Then it happened. While in eating dinner in one of the cafes, explosions and terror that caused so many (over 130 people) to lose their lives. Actions done, while we were there, by those who sought to tear apart, to end, to resolve, to send a message of hate. While we were there.
As a curfew was called, and we hunkered down in our apartment, I found myself a part of something important. Recognizing the important work we do.
It hit me heavily. I am doing important work. Whatever I do it should be in the name of helping others achieve whatever it is that will move them closer to their own personal and professional goals. So that they can do what they want to with their lives. That I don’t have to serve them only from a Skype conversation or in a group workshop. They can be in my home, as my guest. From right were I am.
So what is it that you want to be known for? How does your work connect with it?