If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. At first glance, that seems far too simplistic in light of the problems that face our world, the constant struggles that overwhelm and hold back even the strongest of souls. But, I get it. How could one person affect the masses? How could one act of kindness reverberate to more than the person or family directly affected? How can we possibly expect more from ourselves and our companies than what we already commit to others?
The better question perhaps is how can we not expect more from ourselves than the same business model and social inequality that has persisted for the last century? How can we not further our commitment when we see 46 million Americans living in poverty? How can we let poverty affect 1 in 6 Americans and allow ourselves to define people as undesirable, unemployable, and forgotten? How can we fail to continue to toss in the pebbles given the ripple we see in our communities when we do so? How can we not see that "social justice and business success are two sides of the same coin"? When did we allow people to become a commodity while at the same time worshiping the epitome of servant leadership, the man who washed the feet of his disciples?
"There is no better life than one lead to help others succeed."
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