“Lift while you climb”.
In these few words beats the heart of my personal philosophy on the journey towards professional success. This short phrase touches upon a special spot in each of us—the desire to be a part of something beyond ourselves and our personal lives. It recognizes our need to set goals and achieve them, but more importantly, it also addresses our seemingly inherent need to give back and to provide support to the communities that supported us. As a philanthropist, this simple saying defines true success.
To rise up is to succeed, to ascend up over current circumstances and environmental burdens to achieve a new level of safety, security, and comfort in life. It’s part of our culture to strive for individual success, to aim for better and bigger until we’ve reached the best—but what about collective success? What about aiming to help more than just our individual selves? Searching for the answers to questions like these has spurred my development, both personally and professionally, giving me the skills and drive needed to empower others to empower themselves. As a result, I’ve dedicated my professional life to helping others grow and cultivate their own opportunity, and I’ve come to realize that there’s something more to helping others than the obvious benefits of lending a helping hand to someone in need. Being a health industry expert, I’ve come to realize that there’s something given back to those who give back.
As a result of my experience as a leader, I believe in the ongoing pursuit of these ideals, and that through this pursuit we all nourish parts of ourselves that may have gone dormant, and reinvigorate the drive toward healthy and engaged communities. Simply put, when we help others in a lasting and impactful way, we’re feeding a part of ourselves that the constant rush toward individual success doesn’t fulfill. The reward that comes from this type of activity is a true gift, investing in others so they can invest in themselves.