THE SUCCESS YARDSTICK
Success is a concept that is often associated with material wealth, power, and status. However, the true measure of success is not in how much one has accomplished, but in the kind of person they have become and the impact one has on people’s lives.
The external trappings of success, such as a high salary, a prestigious job title, or a luxurious lifestyle, may bring temporary satisfaction and recognition, but they do not guarantee happiness or fulfillment. In fact, these achievements can often distract one from the most important aspects of life, such as relationships, personal growth, and making a positive impact on others.
On the other hand, being a kind, compassionate, and honest person who is dedicated to serving others is a much more meaningful and enduring form of success. When one focuses on their personal growth and become the best version of themselves, they naturally have a positive influence on those around them. This impact can come in the form of offering support and encouragement to friends and family, volunteering in the community, or simply being a good listener and offering a helping hand.
Furthermore, the kind of person one becomes can have a lasting impact on the world. When people strive to be their best selves and make a positive difference in others’ lives, they inspire others to do the same. This creates a ripple effect of kindness and generosity that has the power to change the world for the better.
This was the thinking behind my founding of Cause Capitalism as a philosophy. Cause Capitalism is when a for-profit business chooses as its partner a non-profit organization; not as a gimmick but as a true sustainable partner where a percentage of gross sales (not net sales) is given to a non-profit partner. For this reason, I founded The Goat Foundation as the sustainable partner of Financially Fit, LLC a for-profit company offering financial literacy education through principle-centered wealth. The Foundation achieves its mission by giving hope to this widow by giving her goats. Each widow through a careful selection criterion would receive a seed donation of two goats: A Nanny and a Billy Goat, with the aim of enabling them to create sustainable livelihoods for themselves
In conclusion, the measure of success is not in how much one has accomplished, but in the kind of person they have become and the impact one has on people’s lives. By focusing on personal growth and making a positive difference in the world, one can achieve a form of success that is meaningful, enduring, and truly fulfilling.
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