“Good Help” – Helps Us Find and Live Our Sense of Purpose

How we help each other matters. Some help – what we call ‘good help’ – supports people to feel hopeful, identify their own purpose and confidently take action. Other help – which we call ‘bad help’ – does the opposite, undermining people’s confidence, sense of purpose and independence. ‘Good help’ is all about helping people to identify and achieve their own sense of purpose. It recognises that when a programme’s purpose is aligned with a person’s purpose both parties are more engaged and motivated to work together to take action. ‘Good help’ is focussed on helping people develop their confidence. It recognises that individuals will find different sources more or less helpful at different times and in different contexts. ‘Good help’ can support people to create a positive cycle of action that helps them move towards their goals.  In time, this can lead to transformational changes in their life circumstances. Whether people want to find work, improve their health or get the most out of education, ‘good help’ involves understanding what matters to each person. It is about supporting people to build the confidence they need to take action. This kind of work is core to many community and voluntary organisations. Yet despite decades of research and good practice, remains absent from many mainstream services. The simple truth is that we can not afford to keep providing ‘bad help’.  Too much is at stake. Too many people are unnecessarily trapped in negative cycles and lost opportunities perpetuated by ‘bad help’. These negative cycles have acute and obvious consequences, such as homelessness or addiction, but also chronic
and subtle effects which erode confidence and mental health, making activities, such as parenting and healthy eating, much harder, and sometimes...

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By Learning To Listen You Can Gain More Of A Sense Of Purpose

I’ve found that if we can create a connection between our daily actions and our deeper purpose in life, then each day will be incredibly fulfilling. Unfortunately most people haven’t found their “deeper purpose” in life, and many don’t even believe they have one. That’s OK, but if you’re one of those who would like to create a more fulfilling life, I have one word of advice for you. Listen. OK, I’ll have a few more words to add to that! The way that I found my deeper purpose (and I’m still refining it every day) is by listening to what’s in my heart, as corny as that might sound. I listened to what I felt most deeply, what moved me, what made me feel shaky but in awe of life. To listen, I had to stop letting myself be distracted. I had to create space to listen: shut off the Internet and all devices, not watch TV, get away from everything else, even for a little bit. I had to create silence and stillness, so that listening was even possible. If you create this space, this silence … notice what you feel. It won’t be obvious what it means at first, but after listening for awhile, you’ll notice what you yearn for. What gives you joy, a sense of adventure, a sense of play. What creates pain and the wish to salve that pain. What you are afraid of, what fills you with doubt, what makes you want to run. Eventually you’ll get an inkling: “Oh, I really love working with kids!” You won’t know what that means, but you’ll have a direction, and you’ll start to explore it. You’ll find a way to work with kids, and after awhile, if you keep listening, you’ll discover the parts of working with kids that moves you the most. You’ll hone in on that. You’ll refine, listen some more, and strip away the fat of that purpose, until it gets to its essence. You’ll find your gift to offer to the world. And each step along the way, you’ll be walking the path of that purpose, exploring and discovering how to best offer your...

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IoMT – Internet of Medical Things Is Transforming How We Keep People Safe and Healthy In A Proactive and Personal Manner

Even though the healthcare industry has been slower to adopt Internet of Things technologies than other industries, the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is poised to transform how we keep people safe and healthy especially as the demand for solutions to lower healthcare costs increase in the coming years. The IoMT can help monitor, inform and notify not only care-givers, but provide healthcare providers with actual data to identify issues before they become critical or to allow for earlier invention. A report by Allied Market Research predicts that the IoT healthcare market will reach $136.8 billion worldwide by 2021. Today, there are 3.7 million medical devices in use that are connected to and monitor various parts of the body to inform healthcare decisions. The Internet of Medical Things refers to the connected system of medical devices and applications that collect data that is then provided to healthcare IT systems through online computer networks. There are several realities that have enabled this dramatic growth including the accessibility of wearable devices and the decreasing costs of sensor technology. Now that most consumer mobile devices are equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, they can communicate with IT systems. In addition, the rates of chronic diseases are on the rise and the demand for better treatment options and lower healthcare costs makes it more appealing to dabble with new innovations that could provide better healthcare outcomes and efficiencies. High-speed internet expansion and access as well as favorable government regulatory policies have also contributed to the growth of IoMT adoption. Aging World Population Will Continue to Burden the Healthcare System The IoMT might be the silver bullet for our communities to address a burdened healthcare system that will only be under more stress as our population continues to age. By 2025, 1.2 billion of the 8 billion people on earth will be elderly; equivalent to the population of India. Elderly people tend to have more healthcare issues, therefore increasing costs. So, as life expectancy rises, it is expected that healthcare costs will follow suit. IoMT can provide a better way to care for our elderly and has a tremendous potential to help deal with the rising costs of care. IoMT devices can help track vitals and heart performance, monitor glucose and other body systems, and activity and sleeping levels. Seniors often forget to take their prescribed medication on time, and IoMT devices can help remind them to take it and document what time they took medication. Additionally, portable diagnostic devices can make routine blood and urine tests easier on our aging population—a group of individuals where mobility is more challenging and who need to complete these tests more frequently than for younger patients. Portable...

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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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