Leadership Tip of the Week: What is Your Purpose?

“What is your purpose?”

The question was asked to a classroom full of students by Roy Hall (pictured), the founder of The Driven Foundation and a former NFL and Ohio State athlete. The Driven Foundation offers a variety of ways to help the community, including mentoring for elementary school students, counseling for prisoners at correctional facilities, school supplies, and more.

This first question was immediately followed up with another:

“What should your purpose be?”

After fielding some answers, he clarified that there was only one acceptable answer: to make a difference.

He spent the next 50 minutes challenging every student in the class to live life to its potential and make a difference through love of both others and self, along with applying innovation and a sense of urgency. Roy’s elite presentation was captivating and drove home the point of social responsibility. He emphasized two key parts: consideration for others and consideration for the community.

You don’t have to create your own foundation to be a socially responsible leader. You can get started by simply knowing your part. We all have strengths that we can contribute to the community. We all have a part we can play. It can be small or large; that isn’t important. What is important is that we all do our part.

Your tip of the week: Commit to doing your part this week. Your New Year’s resolution may have ended, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t start making a difference in the life of someone else today.

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