Good evening. Usually I reserve “conversations” for Sunday, but some things can’t wait.
I don’t really know how to start this. I suppose I should just be straightforward.
This week we experienced a hurricane. Its name was Sandy. Sandy, which I now call her (I suppose I should personify it. The media already has.) obliterated east coast shore cities.
I do business in those east coast shore cities, and the majority of my profit margin depends on this business.
How many of you know it’s sometimes difficult to separate your business hats and your personal hats?
After 3 days of no bites, I had enough. I was becoming frustrated with the lack of business.
Have you ever been upset and complained to the wrong (or should I say right) person, then they set you straight?
My friend (who will remain nameless) “jumped down my throat today”. Here’s what he said,
“33 people dead. Billions of dollars in damage. Millions of people without power. People without basic necessities and all you can think about is your profit”.
He was absolutely right. I had nothing to complain about. Once again, I was overcome with selfishness (Maybe I’m just a selfish person). I showed no empathy. My business hat was screwed on too tight.
For a moment, I was able to take a look inside my heart. Look at what business does to us. I understood what it felt like to be a white-collar for Wal-Mart or Nike (no offense). Nothing else matters but the profit. Is this the sense of fulfillment we look for as businessmen and women? Since when did the bottom line become god? Are the majority of us Ebenezer Scrooges?
If you put money before people you will die while living. You will be lonely, yet never alone. You will be surrounded by laughter but always depressed. Loyalty will be at the edge of your debit card.
You can forget everything I’ve said, but I urge you remember this.
“All things end where they began”.
If you put money before the welfare of people, when money is gone what do you have?