Editor’s Note: Mike Savicki, of Cornelius, North Carolina, decided that he wanted to be a Navy fighter pilot. He felt he was strong, smart and brave enough to be among the Navy’s top jet fighter pilots, and he almost made it. Part 4 of a 5 part series.
After graduating from Duke University with my MBA, I went to work for a management consulting firm doing strategic healthcare planning. I led healthcare planning projects in different states. My clients were the states themselves.
For instance, I worked for the State of Hawaii, North Carolina, Tennessee, Massachusetts and for public sector healthcare projects around the nation. I helped clients choose the right HMO or other health plans for them and their families, and helped them pick the right doctor to get the services they needed. I loved the challenges and I loved the rewards but after 5 years of working at this position, I felt like I could make a bigger difference in the world and I could reach the people I wanted to reach.
I spent the next 5 years leading components of a sports non-profit that focused on bringing together athletes with and without disabilities and it was there that I fell in love with telling the stories of those who overcome challenges. The world needs to hear about all the amazing things people like us do every single day of our lives.
And now, writing and marketing are my professions. As a writer, I enjoy writing about the emotional side of an issue, like the emotions of the people who had overcome challenges and the emotional side of sporting events, not just about the people who had finished in the top three places. I like finding and sharing the stories of victories that no one sees or knows about, except possibly the participants themselves, because they don’t make the headlines. These kinds of victories are often personal, or perhaps they’re known only to the members of a particular team. There are life lessons in those victories. I like to write about the headlines that don’t make the newspapers.
I’ve been a freelance writer now for about 10 years and focus on magazines, web sites and books for people who like adventure. I like adventure, too, and enjoy the stories of other people who set goals and try to push themselves to places they’ve never been before – physically, mentally and emotionally.
This type of writing helps to pay my bills, but I’m also active in working for non-profits and causes close to my heart. I really believe in the missions of many non-profit organizations and understand how difficult raising money is to get your message out. That’s why one of the things I really enjoy doing is helping non-profits tell their stories, reach the people they want to reach and achieve the goals they’ve set for themselves. A classic example is the work I’m currently doing for the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA).
Mike Savicki is the national spokesperson for the first-ever, National Mobility Awareness Month in May. The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is sponsoring the awareness month.
Founded in 1989 as a non-profit trade association, NMEDA supports more than 600 mobility equipment dealers, manufacturers and driver rehabilitation specialists in the U.S. and Canada dedicated to expanding opportunities for people with disabilities. For information on NMEDA, please visit www.nmeda.com, as well as Facebook and Twitter. Visit MobilityAwarenessMonth.com for the national awareness month. For more information about Mike, please visit www.mikesavicki.com
Next: Why Mike Savicki Is the National Spokesman for the NMEDA
About the Author: For the last 12 years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a professional blogger for major companies, corporations and tourism associations throughout the nation. During his 24 years as Outdoor Editor for “The Birmingham Post-Herald” newspaper, he published more than 7,000 newspaper columns and sold more than 100,000 of his photos to newspapers, magazines and internet sites. He also hosted a radio show that was syndicated at 27 radio stations; created, wrote and sold a syndicated newspaper column that ran in 38 newspapers for more than a decade; and wrote and sold more than 30 books. Learn more at http://www.nighthawkpublications.com