What is your wish and what do you have that others might wish for?

This past week, I have heard amazing stories of entrepreneurs who almost in their final hours said, “What the heck, I’m going to do what I always wanted.” And they “went for it” in a big way.

Help other people get what they want

However, this isn’t a story about one individual becoming ultra wealthy. The people I came to meet both in-person and online, without exception, had a dream of helping others; the by-product was helping themselves and their business.

One woman has built a hospital for ailing children. Ella Waldrup is now fund raising for an accommodating facility to house the parents so they may spend quality time with their children and meet with their doctors on a moment’s notice. The foundation is named after Ella’s son who passed. She calls it the Phillip J. Waldrup Foundation.

Several people this week mentioned they are working to bring clean drinking water into poor and forgotten countries. What is extraordinary is funds received for these projects go to the indigenous people of each area to build what’s required to bring clean water, but none of the funds go to administrative functions. It’s a 100% donation for the purpose of clean water

A good friend of mine, Valeri Bocage, in spite of having lost everything in Hurricane Katrina never lost her vision for empowering women worldwide. Today she has established chapters for women to network in thirty cities around the world, and Powerful Women International is growing by leaps and bounds.

In each case, these businesses and dreams presented themselves in the wake of disaster. Realization hit each that what they originally faced was opportunity in disguise.

As my friends remained steadfast in their belief of helping, teaching and empowering others, they began attracting people who could help them grow their business. Help came in many forms including donations, connections, and in some cases affluent investors. You can see that as they build goodwill for people everywhere, the goodwill is returned in kind. In turn, their brand took off as others began to pay attention.

Likewise, it became easier to ask for money, create events that sell out and develop new ideas to further build a bridge to communities that need help.

Each friend had modest beginnings and faced severe obstacles but had a vision worth pursuing. The people they now encounter help promote these enterprises by keeping everyone they know up to date on their progress. But most of all, these savvy entrepreneurs teach others how to empower those they know and so on down the line.

Once we teach, and teach how to teach, the change becomes enormous. When we form a chain by holding out hands across the planet, big change is possible bringing about peace and hope for all. It’s only possible when we take a leap of faith to try.

Thinking bigger, recognizing the value you bring, and distributing your knowledge will help build your brand in a most uplifting manner for all.


Elinor Stutz, CEO of Smooth Sale, LLC authored the International Best-Selling book, “Nice Girls DO Get the Sale: Relationship Building That Gets Results” and “HIRED! How to Use Sales Techniques to Sell Yourself On Interviews”. She provides team sales training, private coaching and business retreats to grow you business. She is available upon request for consultation.