I founded a direct selling company in 2006 with my husband for the sole purpose of raising profits that we could give away. In our 3 years in business, we gave away over $150,000, and created jobs along the way. It was a truly remarkable experience.
As we decided which causes to fund, we focused heavily on organizations that subscribed to a “teach a man to fish” philosophy. To us, this meant that rather than just providing a handout, they equipped people in some way to help themselves.
One such organization we helped was Physicians for Peace, an organization that sends medical aid and training to countries around the world. We helped them build a medical school to train local doctors in Africa.
We also focused on Toys for Tots. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.
In my mind, that is being a good steward of the success we’ve been given.
Giving isn’t always about providing a handout (although sometimes that’s needed.) One of the best things we can do is be so good at what we do, that we create opportunity for others. I wrote a piece not so long ago called “Be a Job Maker.” In that article, I talked about how you can grow your business so big that you not only provide incredible opportunity through your business opportunity, but you can also provide administrative jobs for those with no interest in sales. Collectively, that makes a powerful impact on our economy.
The business you have is a powerful, growing thing. And I believe that each of us has a responsibility to approach our business as a good steward. It has been entrusted to you to do something more with it, in order to serve. Use it to create opportunity for others. Learn as much as you can and grow as big as you can so others’ lives will be improved as a result of what you do, and what you can give.
And don’t be afraid to give. Part of being a good steward is also about being a conduit of resources. As good flows to you, let it flow through you. I believe that that is how you grow as well.
Every business owner has the opportunity to be a good steward, in order to have a big impact on this world. How will you be a steward of what you’ve been given?
image credit: malias