The headlines we read are too often replete with negativity. Thankfully, the trend was interrupted last week by an announcement made by Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan: during the course of their lifetime, they will give 99% of their Facebook shares to charitable endeavors.
Wow! Talk about positive and inspiring.
Not many of us have the ability to donate what could be worth more than $45 billion to philanthropic pursuits; however the Zuckerbergs’ actions send a powerful message to their new baby daughter and the world:
There is much to be improved upon in this world and there is a difference that each one of us can make if we are motivated to do so.
This got me thinking more deeply about the responsibility we have to use the unique gifts we each possess to make our own lives the best they can be and, in return, share those gifts to make the world a better place.
In Mark Zuckerberg’s case, he turned a college idea into a tool that revolutionized how we connect, making it the best social media tool and business venture of its time. In return, he has pledged to give back to the world, with a monetary and philosophical commitment bred from his success.
Sure, the headlines were all about the money—and certainly it’s a sizable number that will capture your attention. But the real story here is their commitment to give in a way they can to make the world a better place. And we all have the power to do the same.
Each day we live, we have our own responsibility to do – and be – the best we can, and within that responsibility lies our own contribution to the world at large. The fruits that we each contribute to society by working hard, raising children with sound moral compasses, and living lives where we focus on positive decisions are unique and rich in their own sense. They provide value to the world in ways we are often unaware of.
For example, everyday I focus on being the best person I can be; that means being the best wife, mother, friend, businessperson and citizen. The fruits of which result in rewarding relationships, two remarkable sons, and business success that has allowed my husband Howard and me to contribute both personally and financially to causes that we feel provide positive influences on the world.
As Mark Zuckerberg said, “Seeds planted now will grow.” And he’s right: we each have the ability to sow positive influences throughout the world, making commitments that are represented not just by dollars, but also by how we grow, nurture and build our lives as the best they can be. So while we may not all be in the position to make billion dollar donations, we do have the potential to contribute in many other ways, by providing amazing, positive, contagious value as we go.
And that’s the real testament to living one’s Best Business Life.
Photo: Mark Zuckerberg; By TechCrunch [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.