I always say that giving back, being thoughtful, and generous are the cornerstones of being a”good” human being. One grows up with such saying such as “its better to give than to receive”. When I was a child, I always thought that this was not true. But as a mature grown-up man, I’ve come to realize that nothing is true.
This past Saturday I was extremely proud to have received the “Community and Business Excellence Award” from Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. One does not help others for the recognition, but for how good it makes you feel when you give of yourself to others, or help those in need, or share your past experiences with others that are trying to build their businesses. But its truly something special when others take note and decide to publicly give you recognition.
I will be the first to acknowledge that I’ve tried to start many businesses and have failed miserably in most of them. Most of the time it was because I made many mistakes or simply out of ignorance I failed to pay attention to certain warning signs, I was associated with the wrong people and, last but not least, I could not produce an error Strong business plan before embarking on the dangerous journey.
I have the scars of war to prove it and use them as a badge of honor because only those who have a “just do it” mentality are the ones who usually go ahead and “do it“. But how powerful is it not only to have the experience and the scars of battle, but also be willing to share that experience so that others take advantage of them and do not make the same mistakes? There are very few successful entrepreneurs who are concerned and who do not want to share their experiences. I love that people ask me for advice and share my experiences. I almost feel that it is a selfish act to help and guide others by the good feeling that it produces.
I am on the lookout for those few and unique individuals that have that “fire” in their hearts to get ahead and do great things and start their own businesses. Do you have that “fire”? Are you willing to put in the hard work? If you are, strap yourself in getting ready for the ride of your life. And when you make it, make sure to reach back and pull others up. There is no better feeling in the world. I promise you.