Today, I’m Brave

I am called a “Purpose Entrepreneur” because of how I see purpose in all of us, and how I help individuals and organizations see and act on their purpose for themselves and our world. The other night I was given a big hug of love, strength and bravery when I attended the second annual “Brave Speaker Series” put on by the advertising agency, David&Goliath, founded by David Angelo. During this fundraising event, I not only had the opportunity to listen to individuals share their amazing stories about how they worked through fears and uncertainties by being Brave, but I also got to see in person that what I have been preaching and leading with during my career is how we need more companies to be Corporate Champions. David&Goliath is one of these companies. When I met David about a year ago, he was just starting the Today, I’m Brave non-profit, a fiscally sponsored non-profit whose mission is to inspire individuals and organizations through Brave initiatives and by sharing Brave stories. He explained to me that the braver we are, the more fear we CAN conquer. And when we conquer fear, we can accomplish anything and create a positive change in the world around us. I smiled and knew we were meant to meet. PURPOSE and BRAVE ON! The Brave Speaker Series, which was sponsored by purpose-driven companies, was a fundraising event where all proceeds went to the Covenant House California, another non-profit. Yes, I was touched immensely by the speakers and their stories. I was also so inspired by David and his team and the heart and soul they put into this event. Talk about understanding how to inspire employees and create a strong employee engagement program for your company! Yet, most importantly, let’s get back to the Corporate Citizenship aspect here. How many non-profits do you see supporting other non-profits? Amazing! A lot of non-profits, especially the smaller ones, struggle with running the business side of their cause. What I saw at this event was how the causes out there can make even more of an impact if they work with one another. I could see how proud the D&G staff felt during the event, how the speakers were ready to inspire the audience with their heartfelt stories, how the audience felt and learned about what bravery meant to them, and how the representatives from the Covenant House were touched by being supported by Today, I’m Brave. We all felt the Brave in the house. This was a purpose-driven event. It also helped the employees at D&G feel more engaged, gave the attendees a chance to see how they can make a difference in their lives and the...

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Your Purpose Is With You Daily

“What is your purpose in life?”, “What do you love doing?”, “Are you happy at work?” There you go, life’s unavoidable questions. We need to be reminded that life is beyond us and we are made to work. We are responsible for our God-given talents for the advancement of life, the economy and the human race. We work to progress in life; progression leads to fulfillment and the assurance of purpose. Life and work are inseparable; make the most of it. The big picture: to find fulfillment and purpose in life and work, you need to be responsible and selfless. Let’s break it down. 1 Work-life integration Work-life balance is a misconception. People who find fulfilment in their work that ultimately translate to a wholesome life are able to manage their lives holistically, with work being integrated into their lives; a seamless habit that enables them to achieve a fulfilling result. Work is part of life, compartmentalizing life and work will only cause confusion and not being productive. 2 Be contented yet ambitious You have heard this before, hear it again – be grateful! Be grateful that you have a less-than-perfect life, a paying job, an abled body. Envy will keep you far from contentment, get rid of it. To find life and work’s fullest fulfillment, know that being contented will save you a lot of wishful thinking and keep your head clear for what is ahead. Be contented but never miss out on being ambitious as that gives you an extra dose of motivation to fulfill your purpose in life. Be contented with your current state; be ambitious for a better future. 3 Create your own haven Too often, people complain about their struggles or misfortunes in life and at work. Stop complaining and channel that energy into creating what you love. Take responsibility of your own life and find that sugar and spice that will bring you fulfillment. If your work is less than ideal, create your own playing field. If your life is a mess, step up and get orgaized. You will not find fulfillment and purpose among deep clutter. Create an environment where you can have an unfair advantage to thrive. 4 Surround yourself with like-minded people Your community plays a huge role in shaping your life. Since young, our days were spent building relationships, some made an impact, and some were treated as acquaintance. We usually build a tight network of influencers. No matter the journey, we are made to socialize and the older we get, we need to choose wisely our circle of influencers. These influencers will determine how you look at life and treat work. So, if you want to soar like an eagle,...

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I Thought I Left Silicon Valley Because It Was Toxic And I Felt Alone

I have now been out of the Valley for 20 years and moved to Los Angeles to see if I could get away from the world according to tech. I started my career there in public relations and jumped right into the madness of it all. The energy was intense and you had to be fast on your toes. Sure, there was a lot of excitement with the amazing technologies and thought leaders taking stage with multimillion dollar launches, campaigns, and big, big, promises. It was hard for me to wrap my head and heart around all of what was swirling around me. I was young and impressionable. Sure, this was Silicon Valley. This was a city and culture, that was going to change the world with technology and smarts. So why did I feel alone as I started my career as a 22 year old in one of the most famous places in the world? To this date, I am still finding and feeling those answers. I am still working on a healing process that only I can understand and feel. But now, and this is the reason I am writing this piece, I am seeing how I have never been alone in the Valley, and that the culture of the Valley was not the “bad guy” and was simply space and energy, nothing more than a special place that I would take into my being and learn how to live with it. I went up to see the Valley for a very short visit. I met a few angels who literally seemed to pop right out of nowhere. I realized they were always there in those early days as well, sitting right there with me rooting me on. I just did not know how to see them or feel how they were there with me either leading the way or walking by my side. In those early years I was on auto pilot, or in fight and flight mode as many like to say. I was a high achiever climbing a ladder that never seemed to have a top to it. But I kept climbing even though the climb was not always a healthy climb. During this last trip I was hosted by a woman who has run her own PR agency since she was 26. We had only met in person two times prior to this visit but have stayed in touch via social media. She welcomed me into her house, helped me feel a part of her family, and cooked a wonderful dinner for me while we chatted about being a woman in high technology, working with the younger generation, the challenges and blessings involved...

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Acknowledging Our Personal Growth Is So Essential For Sense of Self

Since personal evolution is most often a slow and gradual process, it can be difficult to recognize the scope of the changes taking place in our lives. Yet it is important that we regularly acknowledge our ongoing growth and reward ourselves for the many wonderful feats of self-improvement we have accomplished. When we intentionally contemplate our progress, we need never feel that we are languishing between past achievements and the realization of future goals. If we look closely at our lives, we may see that much of what brings us pleasure in the present is representative of the ambitions of our past that we worked so hard to attain. At one time, the abundance we enjoy currently likely seemed like a far-off dream. Now it is simply reality–a reality we created through our diligence, passion, and unflagging determination. Whether our progress is fast or slow, we deserve to congratulate ourselves for our successes. To remind yourself of the insights you have gained with time, temporarily adopt an outsider’s perspective and carefully consider how your life in the present differs from the range of experiences you lived through in the past. Creating a written list, in a journal or otherwise, of those strengths, aptitudes, and inner qualities you now attribute to yourself can help you accept that you are not the same person you were one year ago, five years ago, or 10 years ago. Your attitudes, opinions, and values were likely markedly different, and these differences can be ascribed to your willingness to accept that you still have much to learn. If you have difficulty giving yourself credit for these changes, think about the goals you realized, the lives you touched, the wisdom you acquired, and the level of enlightenment you attained over the past years. Recognizing growth is neither boastful nor immodest. Evolution is a natural fact of life and becomes a potent motivational force when celebrated. Knowing that you are brighter, stronger, and more grounded than you once were, you can look forward to the changes to come. In acknowledging your growth, you build a sturdy foundation upon which you can continue to blossom well into the future....

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Statistics And Individual Feedback Continue To Show How Organizations Need To Support Important Causes

A recent release of Edelman’s annual ‘Trust Barometer’ made for a depressing way to start the year. It gave us proof (as if it were needed) that people have lost faith in the global elite. From global business through to government and media, trust is at an all time low. Seeing as though Edelman is a PR agency, it’s no surprise they know how to cause a stir. The report was timed for release just ahead of The World Economic Forum at Davos. And if anything is a short-hand for the global business and political elite, it’s Davos. But it’s not just Edelman that hoped to get Davos tongues wagging about trust. I too wanted the Trust Barometer to drive conversations amongst the world’s business leaders. Why? Because when a trust deficit leads to a dangerous narcissist ruling the free world and Britain scoring an own goal through Brexit, it’s clear we need to start working out how to claw back that all-important trust. But how can businesses regain respect? For me, the answer is clear. Businesses need to take more of a public stand on environmental and socio-political issues. Although there’s a long-held belief that getting political might alienate part of a customer base, now that we are living in these highly poloarised times, the old orthodoxy of keeping schtum or sitting on the fence simply doesn’t work any more. With the digital revolution came mass transparency. Social media has left businesses with nowhere to hide. This is why the everyday people who sustain businesses are now more interested in how a company acts and thinks, which is why the Trust Barometer itself argues for trust to be regained by companies taking a more of a societal role. Today, businesses must be more than just money-makers Part of that societal role lies in social purpose. It’s become de rigeur for businesses of all shapes and sizes to have a ‘purpose’. But that doesn’t mean it’s a fad. There are some very sound commercial reasons that underpin this shift in global business. On a personal level, I’m a huge believer in the idea that businesses should have a social purpose. It’s one of the fundamentals that shapes my businesses and the way I deal with my clients. But there’s scope to push this notion of businesses assuming a societal role even further. And that’s by getting businesses leaders to come out and take a stance on the world most important issues. From climate crisis to equal rights, 2016 saw the start of business behemoths taking a stand. Smirnoff was brave enough to collaborate with a street artist to build a body of work that championed US immigrants. Bud Light...

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