Inspirational Biz Tip from Mahatma Gandhi

A series of Business Tips from Mahatma GandhiMahatma Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi; 2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. (Wikipedia)

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Knowing the history behind Gandhi, he was probably talking about service to mankind as a whole when he first said this, but I think this is how we should live our life: “In the service of other”.

These words can apply to how we do business as well.  Are we just out to make a buck or are we looking to enhance and enrich someone’s life with our products and/or services?

Of course, there is truth to both sides of this.  But when we lose ourselves in the service of others, I believe our rewards can be multiplied many times over.

Since I am a high feeler type person, being in service is an important part of my life.  It motivated me to become a sales rep and later, a consultant and teacher, as well as many of the other activities I am involved with.

What one change can you make today to become lost in your desire to service others?

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You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

This quote is probably one of the most famous quotes by Gandhi.

I share it because many don’t really understand what he is trying to tell us.

I’d like to explain it this way:  Suppose you want to see more love and peace in the world, but you display anger and a contrary attitude towards people in your life.  Are you being the change you want to see in the world?

Of course, we all have our moments of anger, frustration and unloving attitudes, but I honestly believe the best thing we can do to change the world is the model the change we want to see.  With that, we change the world one person at a time and it becomes contagious!

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Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
— Mahatma Gandhi

Sounds simple enough doesn’t it, but how many of us (including me) spend way too much time worry about this and that — that may or most likely, will never happen.

And how about continuing to learn and improve on ourselves each and every day.  I don’t think we should ever stop learning as it changes who we are into better people. Often, learning happens when we listen to other people, in the spirit of understanding rather than answering or debating!

So I am in full agreement with Gandhi:  Let’s enjoy today for today:  The sunrise and sunset; the laughter of family and friends; the love of a pet … and spend as much time as we can in improving ourselves through learning, reading, listening and pondering our place in the universe.

Puts everything in a different perspective, doesn’t it?!

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