Gia Duke is the author of Get Your Heart On: The How-To Guide for People Who Want to Make a Difference. A passionate humanitarian, Gia founded the nonprofit Re:mix for foster youth, has done aid work in Africa, and has worked directly with animal rescue organizations. Through her work as a speaker, facilitator, and creator of the Revolution Super Love movement, she is on a mission to brighten the world through creating more love, compassion, and understanding. A certified coach through The Life Coach School with Brooke Castillo and a graduate of the Martha Beck Life Coach training program, Gia is serious about helping people take action to make a difference in the world. She works alongside big-hearted women and men who want to get clear on what matters most and generate the guts to go after it.
Here are some of the big topics we talked about…
Gia’s story of how she came to be the person who helps people help the world
Brainstorming how to make a difference, no computers needed
Integrating helping into your lifestyle, for example on a monthly or daily basis
From making eye contact and smiling to helping the homeless to any level of involvement in an organization, Gia covers the bases with simple starting strategies
Really easy to follow ways of breaking down the planning process for volunteering
Ideas for helping the world in 30 seconds, 5 minutes, and 60 minutes - these are great!
In heart work (compassion in action), differentiating between helper & rescuer roles
Self checks for overdoing in your personal volunteering or in a nonprofit setting
In Gia’s Voice
“Think of what organizations you support or [a cause] you feel drawn to.”
“Starting somewhere is so much more important than not starting at all. I don’t want you to be in overwhelm - I want to show you how simple it is. You can’t choose wrong. Trust yourself. You know what you want to do, what you’re drawn to. Bigger isn’t better.”
“It’s important to remember that we all get caught up in our world but we also interact everyday with people who are going through their things. If we take more time to notice one another and stand in each other’s shoes, it makes things so much easier and life more beautiful.”
“The action of doing something to assist someone is helping. To rescue is to save someone from a dangerous or distressing situation.”
“Remember you can advocate, you can empower, you can assist, rather than enabling or preaching or doing something for someone.”