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What’s Your Why?
The following article is excerpted from Charity Shock: Ten Critical Trends Revolutionizing the Fundraising World by Bill High. I was at a lunch recently with a friend. He asked me about all the different ventures I was involved in. I drew a few of them out on paper. Finally, at one point, he leaned in and asked the question—really the key question—“Why are you doing this? Is it to make money? Is it just a good idea? Why?” Without hesitation, I remarked, “I’m doing this because I believe we’ll impact families around the country and for generations to come.”…Read More
“Dear 20 year old Me, I have some advice.”
I was talking to my nearly 40 year old friend. I knew some of her story. Some of her teen years and her 20s were filled with tumult. So I asked her, “What advice now would you give your 20 year old self?” She paused, and she laughed. I suspect she pictured herself at 20 – full of vigor and brashness. Her words surprised me. “Be patient and be gracious.” At 20, she admitted that maybe she wanted too much, too soon. Too young. Too headstrong. A little dose of patience would have served her well. Alas, how much we…Read More
4 Ways to Handle Generations in Family Businesses
You’ve heard this story. Mom and Dad start a business. After a lot of years of hard work, the business grows to be a successful endeavor. Mom and Dad love their four children and give each of them equal shares in the company. But two of them don’t work in the business. Of the two who work in the business, one clearly has her arms around the business and is responsible for driving its growth. Her brother “runs” marketing but spends most of his time on the golf course. Mom and Dad spend most of their time traveling. The business,…Read More
The Folly of Castles
I had an opportunity to travel to Ireland recently. It was one of those once in a lifetime trips. I’d always wanted to go. I’d heard the stories of the breathtaking views, the rocky shorelines, and the lush green fields. And the castles. To be honest, it was the castles that most intrigued me. I’d never really had the chance to see anything quite like them. Some of the castles were so old not much remained other than a few moss-covered walls and imagination of what they’d once been. Some, of more recent vintage, spoke of a time of luxury…Read More
One Essential Key to Succeeding with Your Children
Fair warning: you’ll want to read to the end of this post for the punchline. I’ve always loved the stories of the kings in the bible. It’s like going to the movies. There are a lot of villains. Really bad kings who do bad things and create disorder. And there are lots of them. It can all be a bit discouraging particularly if you are thinking as a parent. But every now and then, there are some good kings. And they bring light and hope to the nation. There are two that I want to highlight: King Asa and King…Read More
Toys, The Treasury, and Trust
It’s a common story. A person starts a new venture or business. In the early days, the struggle is real, and it’s hard. The trial is marked with uncertainty, much prayer and a building trust. But at some point, there’s a breakthrough. Perhaps it is imperceptible but the struggle is lessened. Or so it seems. And with the success, there’s excess, and with the excess, there becomes indulgence into toys—the trappings of having arrived. Maybe it’s a fancy car, a boat or a second home. The toys are easier to come by when the treasury—the storehouse is stocked. Life is…Read More