Our world is filled with endless choices. Do we focus on social media or personal relationships? Do we eat low carbs or low fat, or both? Do we take the red pill or the blue pill?
But it has become increasingly clear to me over the years that we might not need to choose between as many of those options. Things are often not so black and white. I see more and more examples of “grey-ness.”
Although at first this may seem as though it would add to confusion, there’s another way of looking at it. It also means that compromises and win-win situations are much more likely to occur than we may have previously thought.
One of my favorite examples of this is the realization that we don’t need to choose between being successful and living a deeply meaningful life that makes a significant, positive impact on the world around us.
In fact, it turns out that the two are quite interdependent. By focusing on what we can do to be of service to others in the short time we have on this planet, we actually dramatically increase the likelihood that we will be successful in our businesses or careers, especially as leaders.
I was recently reminded of this when I read a fantastic blog post by Skip Prichard . In the post, Skip interviews Jeff Klein
, who is an executive team member of Conscious Capitalism Inc., and the author of Working for Good: Making a Difference While Making a Living
and It’s Just Good Business: The Emergence of Conscious Capitalism & The Practice of Working For Good
Jeff summarizes his thoughts on the benefits of “working for good” as follows:
Purpose is among the highest motivations for human beings. If your work is infused with purpose, then you are inspired and energized to bring all that you have and all that you can to the work.
Love and care similarly bring out the best and most in people. If you care about and for the people you work with and if they care about and for you, your connection to them is deep, and you are motivated to serve and support each other.
When people are aligned and alighted in purpose, supporting and serving each other — and others who they come in contact with (including customers and other stakeholders of the business) — the business is alive. It attracts attention and fosters relationships built on trust and loyalty, which leads to resilience and sustainability.
This is very good for business!
In his blog post, Skip goes on to share some of Jeff’s very valuable insights into how we can make daily progress toward living a life that allows us to consistently and successfully “work for good.”
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