Thom Stecher is an amazing man, an educator, entrepreneur and a man who can reach right into the hearts of even the most hard-boiled of all business people. He spends his days helping other educators from around the country establish programs to help disadvantaged, at-risk youths, as well as consulting to businesses and serving as a motivational speaker. He was the featured speaker yesterday at the quarterly meeting of The Victory Bank Advisory Board, and his presentation gave all of us in attendance much to think about.
For me, Thom's message was primarily about the value of humanity, and about the true meaning of life. He reminded us of the value of living each day filled with the joy of "the human experience." He helped us to remember how much fun it is to be alive, to solve problems and to overcome the challenges we face each day as business people and as professionals.
His follow-up e-mail contained this lovely work by George Bernard Shaw, and while I had read it before, it seemed so perfectly appropriate that I thought I would share it today with any readers:
To Leave a Legacy
To Make a Difference
The words of George Bernard Shaw
This is the true joy in life,
Being used for a purpose recognized
by yourself as a mighty one.
Being a force of nature
instead of a feverish, selfish
little clod of ailments and grievances,
complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community
and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die,
for the harder I work, the more I live.
I rejoice in life for its own sake.
Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
Thanks, Thom, for a great morning!