Posted at 12:34h
I was having a wonderful conversation with one of my long-term clients about his passion for "his community" and the intentional impact he is seeking. He wants to see his money being used in a way that can influence a better community and living experience for himself and others.
I asked if he would share his passion here on the blog, but more importantly, share with us how to help other wealth creators impact their community and why it matters. Our interview is scripted below.
Mark, what makes "changing your community" so important to you? Should it be important to all of us and if so, why?
We live in an imperfect world. I believe that if every person goes out of their way to put other individual’s needs ahead of their own, that the world becomes a better place. The ”community” can be defined in many different ways – neighborhood, city, planet, school, civic group, religious group, etc. What is important to me is recognizing that I am a part of many communities and that I feel it is my responsibility to make constructive change within as many of these groups as I can.
It seems to me clear from an ethical and common sense perspective that it is an inalienable responsibility of all humans to be a responsible and giving community member. We have the ability to shape or own destiny as a species. We are capable of self evaluation, of rising above selfish and individualistic concerns. I believe that working for the general betterment of our species and our planet is simply the right thing to do.
What would be included in "changing your community" for those of us who don't think about it as much as you do?
Changing community is about solving problems. Changing community is about celebrating life and allowing others to celebrate their lives. Changing community is about allowing all people to reach their full potential. I believe in supporting organizations that provide fair and equal access to education, the arts, healthcare, a healthy planet and whatever contributes to any individual’s happiness (as long as that happiness is not acting to the detriment of others). This could mean serving on a committee or a board of an organization. This means acting responsibly as an individual each and every day. It means supporting the “good work” of others with financial contributions, strategic brainstorming, and connecting like-minded individuals. There are so many people with good will in their heart, with energy and perseverance I have found that one can achieve great things just by matching the talents and passion of the right person to the right cause.
For me changing community is being able to take stock of one’s actions periodically – if one does that, and can say that they made life better for other people and for the planet in a way that is broadly accepted as beneficial, one has been successful.