Published:March 19th, 2009
The best long term investment?
A few days ago I posted a blog encouraging you to “invest in yourself.” That advice is still valid but there is yet a better investment. Write it down.
“Invest in others”
The most passionate and excited people I know are those who have chosen to invest their lives and resources to help other people. The staff at Compassion International are those kind of people. Mother Theresa was such a person. Lisa Stephen with Hope house of Colorado is transforming the lives of unwed teenage mothers. The devoted teachers and staff at National Association of Street Schools are more of an inspiration to me than all of the successful Wall Street brokers put together.
I experienced one of the greatest joys of my career last week when I was privileged to help raise over 2 million dollars to help feed poverty stricken children around the world. There was no applause. No news vans came to the door, but as I drifted off to sleep that night I realized that this was an investment of time and effort that would go farther than I could ever travel and have effects longer than I would live. My small investment in these organizations is more important than “My Career.” This is the purpose of “My Career.” It is good to invest in yourself. It is even better to use the returns to invest beyond yourself. If you doubt this, look at the example set by Christ.
All of us have watched on television the tragic shell of a man who invested only in himself. He will most likely spend the rest of his life in prison. I am guessing that he has been living in a prison of his own making for many years.
Some one once said, “There are only two kinds of people in the world; givers and takers. The takers eat better. The givers sleep better.”
Invest in others. Rest well tonight.