Is your business a force for good? That’s an interesting question. I’m sure that your initial answer is—being in the medical business—yes, of course, we’re a force for good. And so are you. But have you noticed that sometimes after you’ve done that for a while, it’s not as enticing as it used to be?
I certainly did and I’ve also noticed that from other people I’ve worked with. What I’ve found is that I can get fulfillment by making my business as a vehicle for contribution or giving back. I want to share this concept with you today and also hear stories of how you found other ways of getting fulfillment through your business.
Giving back leads to fulfillment because it means we’re thinking of something beyond ourselves. Whenever we contribute to something outside of our own interests, it gives a real sense of satisfaction that is emotionally rewarding. Giving back can happen in various ways. The two particularly powerful ones are—contributing to the community and contributing to individuals.
In terms of community, we contributed by solving a growing problem in our area in Melbourne. With the growth in housing and residents in our area came some unsavory elements of a crime. During that time, my business partner and I decided to start a campaign to bring a police station to the area.
We teamed up with some local people who are very active at campaigning, and we both provided funds and manpower to push this campaign forward. Within a year, we gained local approval for a 24-hour police station and that’s due to be completed within the next 12 months. It was a gratifying experience to give back and see the fruits of our labor come out.
In terms contributing to an individual, I have always found it fulfilling to help people, who’ve been disadvantaged or discriminated before, gain employment. A recent example would be last year when we approached the Royal Society for the Blind to get a bookkeeper.
They put us in contact with someone who had been struggling, very qualified, exceptional person and employee, who just struggled to get employment because of his disability. Thankfully, we were able to offer him a position. Now, here we are nearly a year later and Pat is a permanent part of our team.
These are just two simple examples of how giving back to the local community and to individuals can make a difference in other people’s lives and give you more fulfillment from your business. Have you done this in your community? If so, I’d love to hear how you gain more fulfillment by contributing through your business.
Again, I’m Sachin Patel. It’s been a great pleasure sharing these with you. See you in my next blog!