Next to sleeping, most of us spend the bulk of our time at work. Work is important. It challenges our brain, gives us purpose and, of course, allows us to pay our bills and afford some of the nicer things in life. I see so many otherwise driven people who push personal things off in an effort to get ahead. But what are they striving for? What is their ultimate goal? When will they have enough money, enough accomplishment and enough accolades that they take time for some of the more personal things?
While work is important, you can accomplish good with it as well. As a small or medium or large business owner, do you set funds and time aside to help those in your community? Do you mix some personal goals in with some of your company goals?
When I think of this, one man comes to mind—Frank Thomas of Thomas Auto Glass in Phoenix. Whether it’s answering a few questions from a pesky editor (such as me), or hosting charity fundraisers or supporting others in his community, Thomas always has time to help others.
Thomas learned about loss early in life. His first-born son died of cancer at the age of three, 40 years ago. During the fight to save the boy, Thomas says he received “overwhelming assistance from many people and organizations,” and he wanted to pass that on to help others.
For 40 years now, Thomas has helped others, organizing more than 100 fundraising events, mostly golf tournaments.
Beneficiaries of his work have included the Crisis Nursery children’s shelter in Phoenix, Wounded Warriors, March of Dimes and United Cerebral Palsy.
This man has earned my respect and likely the respect of many others in the industry. He sets a sterling example of not just what it is to be a good business man, but one who cares and gives back.
Another company that comes to mind is Techna Glass. The company often teams up with local radio celebrities to raise money for local initiatives, such as the Primary Children’s Hospital.
The company’s Utah automotive glass shops have invited consumers out to get their windshields repaired with all proceeds going to the children’s hospital.
So this brings me to my question, what do you do to give back? These companies and their owners are not alone in their effort to support charities and give back to their communities. Have you considered redirecting your drive for success into another avenue for a while … an avenue that will help others?
Why am I tackling this topic now? One of my family members has been diagnosed with cancer. He is in and out of the hospital. And when something like this happens to someone close to you, it makes you stop and think about your priorities. I am thankful for good team members and bosses who supported me when I took some time off to go spend it with family.
And for those in need of support in your community, taking the time to hold a fundraiser, gathering employees to help refurbish a house for someone in need or more, can go a very long way to making a difference. It could even redefine what it means to be successful. Or at least put it in a new light.
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