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How do you, personally, serve humanity?
A hat tip to my friend Rabbi Daniel Lapin for teaching me to ask the question of others. I took it a step further and asked it of myself.
I know this is a hackneyed conversation piece. Everybody and their mother wants to talk about their levels of service ... while almost nobody seems capable of providing anything like what they brag about.
So it's time for a story. But first, a shameless plug to better ... "serrrrrrrrve" you.
I had a strange dream last night. You interpreters out there are welcome to comment below.
For 20 years now, I've lived from completely the opposite point of view I was raised on concerning money, capitalism, private enterprise and entrepreneurship. From my point of view, anyone who succeeds in delivering a desired product, service or outcome to the marketplace deserves as much monetary applause as they can handle.
Anyone, that is, except for me.
Or so my dream seems to have indicated. I'll...
In twelve years on Facebook, I'd never done a "friend purge." We'd probably laugh now to think that back in the early 2010s, it was a phony sign of how influential you were to have a multitude of friends.
Some of the dumbest things you could do with social media ... I did them! I went on friend request rampages, trying to reach as many people as I could to sell them insurance.
It's a point of contrast to consider that, in 2014, I was on a mission to have over 2000 Facebook friends ... and...
I attended a Toastmasters group this week where I was the only entrepreneur present, and it showed when the topic turned to the meaning and significance of Labor Day.
Then I fielded a message from an author of a self-published book with a very limited understanding of the publishing world. They asked to be connected with my publisher for consideration of their work to be promoted.
(They knew about the success of my book; they didn't realize writing books isn't a moneymaker, if it ever was).
What did twenty years in college, military, sales, marketing, church and mastermind environments teach me?
My default settings in relating to people are wise as doves, and harmless as serpents - meaning random, and destructive to boot.
Whether giving business advice, leadership development, or simply with skills in video, audio, writing and presentation - there's a lot left to be desired by the traditional "shotgun" approach to communications.
Jesus may have told his disciples...
I often say the best way to find good reasons to do business is by first finding and eliminating reasons not to do it.
This is a variation on a theme descended from the Book of Genesis; we are, as human beings, defined to a significant extent by what we are not (animals) as by what we are (creatures that share some characteristics and traits of animals, but fashioned and formed by the hands and in the image of God).
Another One of Paul’s Stories