By Chris Field
A billion hours is equivalent to 114,000 years. That’s how much good we’re going to do together. Just 14 minutes at a time.
You don’t need more money, or time, or even another election cycle to bring transformational change to your community. What you need is to believe that daily microdoses of good over years and years can create a great return. Stop waiting for the big change moment and seize the good that you can do today.
Join Chris in pledging 1 percent of your time (14 minutes a day) to make the world a better place. Learn how to solve old problems in new ways, and walk with Chris as he shows you how he started Mercy Project—a nonprofit committed to ending child trafficking in Ghana. See how compassion and care can serve as rocket fuel for deep courage and untapped creativity.
Our responsibility in a world filled with suffering is to care, show up, and act. Not once, not twice, but a little bit every day for the rest of our lives. Accept this invitation and join a global movement for extraordinary good. Impossible alone. Transformational together.
Chris Field is an award-winning author, speaker, modern-day abolitionist, nonprofit innovator, business consultant, college lecturer, Guinness world record holder, viral sensation, twenty-five–time marathoner, and ice cream lover. But his greatest superpower is inspiring people to believe they can actually change the world and then showing them how to join him in doing so. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Stacey, and is a father to Micah, Beckett, Lincoln, and Theodore.
“A Billion Hours of Good shares a brilliant roadmap to make our biggest possible impact. A gripping and inspiring read that has already made a profound difference in my life, Chris shows us exactly how to make a difference while boosting results in our own work and lives. Chris will move you to action, providing a simple approach that each of us can embrace to help change the world.”
—Josh Linkner, #1 booked innovation speaker in the world, two-time New York Times best-selling author, tech entrepreneur, and venture capitalist
“This book reached my soul. It’s a prescription to leading a life of service that makes all of humanity better. Chris reminds us that each of us can make a difference and challenges us to have the discipline to lead a servant-centered life. There is a network effect to helping others that multiplies and creates positive change for the world . . . here is your guide!”
—Mark Roenigk, Head of Hardware Engineering at Facebook, Former Technology Advisor to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Director of Taelor’s House Foundation
“Chris Field is an astute observer of the human condition. He has used his insights and a lifetime of personal experiences to create a way to leverage the cumulative good in all of us—14 minutes at a time. This book is nothing less than a blueprint for each of us to become a better version of ourselves. He encourages us to embrace our compassion, courage, and creativity. And in this way, he has prepared us to make our individual contributions to A Billion Hours of Good.”
—Dr. David N. McMurray, Regents Professor Emeritus, Former Peace Corps Volunteer (Kenya), and Former Consultant to the World Health Organization
“Wow. This book came at just the right time for me. In fact, it is probably just the right time for our world. I found myself smiling and nodding as I quickly turned page after page. Chris Field inspires through excellent story-telling but also provides a practical blueprint for us all to follow to create A Billion Hours of Good 14 minutes at a time. I want to share this book with everyone.”
—Terri Dorsey, Director of Executive Development, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
“In A Billion Hours of Good, Chris pilots a metaphorical lawnmower. He clears a path by anticipating excuses and mowing them over. Chris started with my heart and then nimbly made his way into the part of my brain that too easily generates retorts—and in that very spot he worked his magic. Using pragmatism and relatable stories, Chris showed me I am capable of doing hard things, motivated me to do hard things, and helped me believe in my ability to make a meaningful impact in the world—in just 14 minutes a day.”
—Corey Oliver, Former Senior HR leader at Nike and Deloitte
“I’m all in! If you want to make a difference, if you are thinking about the legacy you want to leave, then this book is for you. Chris provides both practical and inspiring tools for making a difference—14 minutes at a time—through his mastery of story. Using a small piece of our day, we can make a difference in our world. A Billion Hours of Good gives us exactly what we need today to generate significant change in the world, wherever we are in our lives and whatever we have to give. The biggest gift and investment we can make is our time. This book teaches us how to spend it wisely. It is incredible how much progress we can make with small increments of time when we commit to being consistent. I’m all in for the Billion Hours of Good movement and for making a difference together. Are you?”
—Shannon Deer, PhD, Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Mays Business School at Texas A&M University
“Have you ever wondered, What can I do to make a change, and how do I make this change happen to create an impact in the lives of those who need it the most? Then A Billion Hours of Good is a must-read for you! Having worked personally with Chris Field in Ghana, I have seen firsthand how his courage, innovation, and compassion are deeply impacting the lives of children and families all over the world. Chris truly believes ordinary people like you and me can change the world—and shows us how to do it. In A Billion Hours of Good, not only is Chris inspiring us to become agents of change, but he shares a plan of action that will drive us to make those changes become a reality.”
—Kofi Nyarko, Program Coordinator at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Former Country Director at Mercy Project
“With the skills of a true teacher, Chris Field not only inspires readers to live a life of courage, compassion, and creativity, he walks us through specific steps needed to shift our way of seeing the world and then motivates us to put those thoughts into action—driving us to commit just 1 percent of every day to do more good for others. He’s delivered a well-structured, practical guide with emotional stories that will shape many a soul, all while fueling a collaborative effort to build A Billion Hours of Good. A must-read for anyone wanting to live a meaningful life.”
—Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Perennials
“If you’re looking to get started on a big dream and have a heart to change the world for the better, A Billion Hours of Good will provide both encouragement for your heart and practical steps to spur you to action.”
—Katie Coldwell, Communications Director for Southwest Airlines
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