THE WORLD “IS NOT” A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
While many of us are blessed with shoes, socks, eyeglasses, clothes, food, shelter, and good health care, over 2 billion people don’t have such luxuries. For that matter, they don’t have clean water or access to books, schools, computers, and internet access. Teachers, Factory Workers, and Health-Care Workers are all grossly underpaid. We need urgent relief in war zones and natural disaster areas. Even children in the wealthiest nations are at risk physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
YOUR SUPERPOWER is YOUR GIVING PLEDGE
While financial contributions are always appreciated, charity isn’t always about the money. All of us can donate time or resources now and then. Business owners in particular are in a unique position (if not morally obligated) to provide FREE products, services, and wisdom to underserved communities. We can all carve out a FREE HOUR to mentor students, support a small business, and change lives where we can.
P.S. What’s in our closets that we haven’t worn this year — do you really need all those clothes and shoes?
WHAT’S YOUR ONE-FOR-ONE?
In 2011, I was editing a final draft of my book The 4 Essentials. I was fortunate to meet a social entrepreneur breaking ground in the spirit of consumer & corporate consciousness , Blake MyCoskie (Founder, TOMS Shoes). Giving away a pair of shoes with each pair sold, Mycoskie popularized the “one-for-one” business model starting in 2006. His book Start Something That Matters touched on the same theme. In the decade to follow, corporate-caring business models were launched by similar ventures such as Warby Parker (eyeglasses) and Bombas (socks).
TEACHING IT FORWARD
When I met Blake MyCoskie in 2011, our offices were both in Santa Monica, California, so it was great to see the TOMS giving spirit first hand. FOR MY PART, I believe education is the great equalizer for students, parents, and underserved communities so I adopted the TOMS business model. Cliff Michaels & Associates matches all purchases & donations at CliffMichaels.com with free books & e-courses “ONE-FOR-ONE.”
READY TO PAY IT FORWARD? AT CliffMichaels.com you can sponsor a student, parent, teacher, club, school, or young entrepreneur with a GIFT PURCHASE 24/7. Together, we make a difference.