The Core Ingredient for Success
Then, as you stand in a mile-long line for several hours, with one of the girls just minutes from death, you cry out in desperation. Imagine having to choose which child eats and which one goes without simply because there isn’t enough food for everyone. How do you ease the pain of a distraught mother who must choose between life and death for her two children? My eyes still swell today as they replay these visions of how a famine destroyed the soul of a nation.
Ask yourself, “What would people say about me?” Do your friends approach life with enthusiasm because of your attitude? Will those around you tell us about a person who gives his or her heart to the cause and inspires them to greatness? Has your thoughtfulness sprinkled joy in the spirits that surround you? Will we hear how you’ve motivated many through your life story? Did you follow your compassion to lend a hand? Will people say you gave generously of yourself, your time and money? Have you listened to charitable hearts to facilitate the discovery of their purpose? Were you able to restore your integrity and character to those you’ve disappointed? Have you forgiven the most difficult people and most importantly, forgiven yourself? Will people tell of your humility and gentleness?
When we read your words, will we be persuaded to perform as champions? When your journey comes to an end, will you be confident you’ve held nothing back and therefore it will be said that you had passion?
Your organization must have a story that drives you and challenges every soul that hears it. Its energy must take our collective breath away with a rush of passion and inspire us to dream even though we are awake. It must convey imagery that transports us to places in our minds where we’ve never been, and bring us to the heart of your mission.