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This week’s focus: it’s not just about me
This past week, I hosted an event co-sponsored with Kulesa Faul and Reliable Coders at Zahir’s Bistro in Milpitas. The event was a reunion for me with Paul Dunn, a fabulous speaker, friend, a mentor to me and thousands of others, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and Chairman of Buy 1 Give 1.
Paul shared his insights for Adding Speed, Adding Purpose and Changing Lives.
He spoke of Simon Sinek’s work and book, “Start with Why.” One of the key Simon Sinek messages is that too many companies focus on the “what” and “how” and never inspire or connect with others with a compelling why. The point: people don’t care what you do; they care why you do it. While it sounds simple to create a compelling “why,” it’s not.
Paul and B1G1 founder Masami Sato, offered how giving can and should become a normal part of our daily life and, through B1G1, how they are making this a reality through micro-giving. B1G1 offers a compelling why and has supported nearly 13 million micro-giving impacts.
I got an instant reminder the next day after a meeting in San Francisco. About 1:30 p.m., I looked for a place to eat and quickly decided I couldn’t eat another meal at a fast food restaurant. I needed to take a few minutes and slow down. I found a San Francisco original: Umbria. As I looked out the open window next to my table, I saw a tall homeless man walking down the street with with a sleeping bag and backpack on his back, his dog, a gallon of water, and a large silver dog bowl. As quickly as I saw them, they disappeared.
But, it made me instantly think: buy one; give one. I needed a break from my day as much as they did. Had they not disappeared up the street, I’m sure I could have figured out a way to buy him lunch at the table right outside my window and get something for his pal, man’s best friend.
I encourage you to check out the links above. These are organizations that can help you thrive.
Thought for the week:
“The two most important days in your are the day you are born, and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain
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Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting
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