The innate pull that some possess to positively impact the lives of others is a pull that cannot be ignored. Sure, for a time you may pursue other ventures but at some point in your journey you will be brought back to your need to help those in need.
So many business leaders will find that their careers are improved by giving back. Here are a few things to make your business more attuned to benevolence, and what being philanthropic as a business leader can do for you.
Kirk Gillock, a young American expatriate, is trying to save lives by protecting the heads of anyone riding on two wheels. Slowly but surely, he's making some progress. Gillock has donated more than 4,500 helmets to Thai children and adults.
To see the honesty and generosity of people like this young worker, whose wages can't be much above the minimum, and a homeless man who has nothing -- it's a reminder that I still have a way to climb before I get to their level.
Moving from one industry to another can be difficult, but the move from a corporation to a non-profit is a cultural shift. When you find the right fit you'll be in the position to help your own career -- and many others in need.
Your employees who volunteer aren't just healthier, they're also more engaged and active healthcare consumers. Four out of five believe that they have some degree of control over their health, know more about it and are more informed about chronic diseases.
My life has been transformed! I've moved from feelings of low self-esteem, failure and anger to great levels of joy, gratitude, clarity and more. How'd I do it? By serving others -- something anyone can do.
Beyond all of the things we do to act in service for the poor -- delivering medical supplies, building health systems, strengthening human capacity -- I've come to believe that there is something far more powerful in simply being in service with those in need.
Pope Francis reassures me, an atheist, that the "good" that I do will lead me to meet someone along the way -- but what about the fact that I'm a lesbian? Is doing "good" enough for only one divergence from the faith?
During the holiday season, it's easy to get carried away with the hustle and bustle of holiday gatherings, and shopping for gifts. We believe that it is important that we pause during this time to notice the good that is happening all around us.
While I am always impressed by how much Bill Gates gives, I am blown away by ordinary citizens that make it their mission to raise a couple thousand dollars to make a community project happen in their neighborhood.
Science tells us compassion is good for our health, and we know that helping others makes us feel good, but sometimes it feels like there just aren't enough hours in the day. In minutes, at no or low cost, and from your desk, you can contribute.