Make Your Mark Indelible

Recently, I was sitting in a board meeting, and I started to question why I was there—not in the existential sense—but why and how was I really serving the organization? Was I merely “showing up?”

As I was listening to members of the board discuss different initiatives, one name was repeated, “Larsen Jay.” It would go something like this, “Larsen had the vision to…,” or “Larsen helped get ___ off the ground.” Larsen, it turns out, had indelibly left his mark on the organization and ultimately changed the course of it. As I thought more about other boards he had served, I realized he had similar impact on multiple organizations. His fingerprints are on each organization he’s touched.

How was I leaving my mark? Was I doing just enough to get the T-shirt? More broadly, how am I leaving my fingerprints on my family, my job, my community? Will my fingerprints need to be cleaned off because of something lousy that I did, or worse yet will my investment of time just be so unremarkable that time will erase my fingerprints altogether?

We’ve all heard that we only use a small percentage of our brains, and I would venture to say that we only use a small percentage of our time. Our time is limited. We can do so much with it, why squander the opportunity by just showing up? Families, churches, boards, communities, and organizations need so much more than warm bodies. They need our talents and insights—they await our mark.

Showing up is not enough. Make indelible marks.


Image used under creative commons license via Suvi Korhonen.

Jeremy Floyd

Jeremy Floyd is the President at FUNYL Commerce. Formerly, he was the CEO and President of Lirio, Bluegill Creative, a marketing and communications firm in Knoxville, Tennessee. In addition to managing the digital strategies, Floyd was an adjunct professor for the University of Tennessee Chattanooga MBA program teaching digital strategies and social media. Floyd blogs at and tweets under the name @jfloyd. Jeremy is licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee and holds a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from MTSU in English and Philosophy.

  • Mike Asbury

    As I bask in the afterglow of a University of Tennessee Alumni Band experience from yesterday’s homecoming game, I sit down to read this post. Yesterday was an awesome experience! There were nearly 700 former and current band members on the field of Neyland Stadium at halftime. There is a tremendous amount of pride in that organization, and each person present has left a fingerprint on “The Pride.”

    You’re 100% correct, Jeremy. We each have a sincere responsibility to leave our mark on everything we touch. It’s not compulsory. It is a requirement! Great post!

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