Over the years, we've shifted our focus from civic assets, tax-savings, and tax-strategies to "Contribution". We've also tied our notion of Contribution to our ideas about Gratitude, as you will see in this short video featuring Lee Brower.
This post by Shane Parrish captures a powerful idea from Atual Gawande's book "Being Mortal". Telling the story of cancer patient Jewel Douglass, Gawande shares some of the agonizing choices and thoughts that each of us and our families might face at any moment when life is at stake.
“Lacking a coherent view of how people might live successfully all the way to the very end, we have allowed our fates to be controlled by medicine, technology, and strangers.“Douglass' story highlights Gawande's thoughts about choices and also describes what a better decision-making method might look like. This is a powerful post with broad implications.
In our work at Empowered Wealth, it's not too much of an exaggeration to suggest that we (collectively) have also allowed our fates to be controlled by taxes, maximizing return-on-investment, "controlling from the grave", and well-meaning but narrowly focused attorneys, accountants, financial advisors, and asset managers. An expanded worldview, an Empowered Wealth Mindset, is one antidote that we know can remedy this situation. While not an immediate life or death conversation, the conversation about what matters more than money is an important one that informs and shapes an individual's and their family's story. www.empoweredwealth.com#empoweredwealth
Lee Brower talks about having a bigger future and always having a bigger "Horizon" to shoot for. He also talks about celebrating the small steps, the progress, that we make. Leading Empowered Wealth Connect www.empoweredwealth.com/connect , I realize that much of our content and ideas have evolved from working with entrepreneurs. I, therefore, found this brief essay inspiring because of the "Horizon" it suggests and the progress we've made to get here. Despite all of the substantial negativity and bad things happening in the world, we may truly be "in the place of greatest potential."
In this video, Adam Grant, Wharton professor and the author of “Give and Take”, gives some practical tips on how to be a “Giver” in the business world. He talks about a realistic paranoia when around “takers”; how “givers” are both the most and least successful in business; how giving “high value” at “low personal” cost is a way to sustain giving over a longer period of time; and how being able to ask for help creates a better environment for giving in the world. I found these insights to be useful as we continue to explore “Contribution” and “Empowered Gratitude” as part of the secrets of True Wealth.