When reflecting on how socially responsible I am and my business footprint is, I wondered, if we feel a social responsibility to do more than what is required of us? And, what role do our values play in how we give back?
When you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.
The awakening of social responsibility
We all play a role in supporting our country in one way or another including paying taxes to support our health, education and the many services that we all depend on. Are we connected to that concept of giving back? Do we take the time to really consider our level of social responsibility? Of course, some are more aware of this than others for various reasons.
As a nation, we’re becoming more aware of company ethics and corporate social responsibility, we know we have a choice to participate with businesses that give back and we’re aware of their footprint.
Our values play a vital role in social responsibility
When I facilitate emotional intelligence coaching and workshops with individuals and businesses I focus on values, self, and social awareness. Understanding who we are and how we can play a role in meeting the needs of others is fundamental to connecting ourselves to our values. We can be assured when our values include social responsibility we are truly making a difference in our community and world.
How we give back & make a difference
To explain the impact of giving back, I thought I would share an excerpt from my book, Giving Back, How to Find your Personal Joy and Make a Difference to Others.
Giving has been a huge part of my journey in life. From my earliest memories, it has shaped me as an individual and has brought me great joy. If doing something for others can enrich one’s own life, then it is truly a win-win. I strongly believe that each of us needs to return, with a grateful heart, a portion of what has been given to us. When you give back, you are giving back of yourself. In many ways you are giving back the values that others gave to you. You are passing them on. Generations hence, someone will be better off because of who you were and what you chose to do. Each of us is a small piece of a very big picture, and we should strive to present the best of humanity. We need to project that.