I had the distinct honour of attending the Business Excellence Awards this past Saturday night here in Chilliwack, and what a night it was. Business leaders from everywhere in our community were in attendance, and you could almost feel the achievement in the room.
It was sitting there, and table 27, surrounded by my father and other Chilliwack business owners, that I had a realization that has come to completely change the course of events since.
Now, I have always believed in helping others and making contributions to society. I am an entrepreneur, and at my core, I am passionate about solving problems. But whether it was a product of society, my upbringing, my life lessons, or something else, I always believed that to truly serve the community I needed more resources.
I needed more connections, more financial ability, more experience, and more free time… I would be able to share my contribution and solutions with the world later, once all of these pieces were in place.
All of the people I saw making big contributions to the world had these things, after all. I need to have them as well before I can really make a difference, right?
Watching the people receiving awards, I was honoured to stand witness to their accomplishment. Watching those who were nominated and did not receive an award, however, I was in awe.
Here they are, some of the most successful business owners in our community, many of them with multi-million dollar businesses, families, volunteer commitments, and community events on their calendars, and they only have two topics on their mind – the successes of their colleagues, and how much they love helping the people of our city.
It was in that moment that I realized the secret to success.
I always believed that the connections, the money, the success, and the time came first. That when you have those things, you have the privilege of being able to help others.
I realized on Saturday night that it is only when you reach out and help others that you can achieve those things. Solve problems that are bigger than yourself, reach out to other human beings and make their lives a little bit better, easier, more fulfilling, more fun. Be authentic, be yourself, and let your light shine.
Do that, and the money, the success, the connections, and the time – they’ll follow. They are a product of passionate and selfless generosity, not a requirement of it.
The secret of success – give of yourself passionately and without reservation.
The rest will come naturally.
Until next time…