Since I seem to be on a TV related theme this week, I guess I’ll stick with it. This past weekend I read an article in our local paper about a local celebrity who had created a TV show that helps low income families to own their own home. Local country music star Paul Brandt who has always been eager to support charities created his own show called Build It Forward. I guess it’s similar to the US show Extreme Home Makeover, but with a twist I quite like. Rather than show up on the front door, send them on vacation for a week, and then bring them back to fully built ready to move in new home. This show encourages a pay it forward or Build It Forward philosophy by having the recipients commit to 500 hours of community service – in their local area and abroad.
One of their first assignments is to travel to an impoverished area and spend a week helping another family or working at an orphanage. Once they return home, they’ll also spend time working on building their own home by putting in some sweat equity. I like the fact that the emphasis for this show is giving people a hand up, rather than a hand out. They’re not just handed a beautiful new home and sent on vacation. As much as I think the premise behind Extreme Home Makeover is also good, this is better.
Paul Brandt is a great citizen doing some wonderful work in the world. He’s a great mentor to me, in the example he’s leaving. I have also set out to ensure charitable giving and humanitarian efforts are a part of my business, and not just something I do personally. I believe it’s time for more businesses to emerge with a socially conscious mandate, rather than just a financially driven one. It’s through this kind of global contribution and cooperation that mankind can come together and flourish.
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“Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.” Wayne Dyer
It seems to me that the planet is shifting to this philosophy. As a race I think humans have spent far too much time working for survival or necessity rather than fulfillment. For centuries our species has “worked” as a means of survival. We were hunters, gatherers and farmers. It’s only in the last couple of centuries that the idea of working for a living has really existed. With industrialization, came the push for people to move out of the rural areas and into the large cities to find jobs in big factories to earn more money for their families. The 20th century brought so many changes that it is hard to fathom how far we’ve come in such a short amount of time. I can’t even begin to predict the kinds of advances we’ll see in this century.
I’m finding that there is an emerging trend for people to commit their efforts to a cause and a purpose that resonates with them, rather than just seek out employment or work that solves their financial needs. The past couple of years have really been an eye opener for some who thought their jobs were providing them the security they craved. The work environment has changed drastically, and what used to be considered a safe, secure job may never exist again.
Where I think people will find true “security” is in creating a life of joy and freedom by pursuing work that fills their hearts. If you are truly doing work that you are passionate about, and providing great value to society I don’t think money will ever be an issue for you again. The entire planet is searching for meaning right now. I think the next few years will see a dramatic shift back towards an entrepreneurial model, and more businesses will be created that are socially conscious and less focused on dollars over quality of life.
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You’ve likely heard the phrase “put your heart into it” or similar. You probably remember learning about the Aztecs and how they used to do sacrifices and remove the heart. All through history the heart has been recognized as not just a vital organ for our circulatory system, but as a vital part of our being.
Try this little exercise. Take note of where someone points when they point to themselves. Do you point at your head or the middle of your chest? Primarily people will point to the centre of their chest – their heart – when asked to point to themselves.
Even modern science has been able to prove that the heart is as much a thinking organ as the brain. Studies have been done that show the heart’s electrical activity actually responds sooner than the brain’s when subjects are shown different photographs. The heart is being proven to be a much more important integral component to our system than previously thought.
One of my mentors Raymond Aaron has a segment in one of his workshops that describes the heart as being your inner knowledge, and the head as your logical thinking. He guides his mentees through a process of connecting the wishes of their heart with the wishes of their head. Until the two are aligned, there will be incongruence in your life. This will likely manifest in the parts of your life that aren’t working for you.
Your heart really can be your guide, if you are quiet enough to hear it, and to listen to what it’s telling you.
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