Achieve True Success: Lend a Helping Hand

May 2005

In earlier articles, we discussed the components of what I call the “Triangle for Success.” I attempted to provide proven tips and techniques to help achieve professional success in the mortgage business. In this article, I would like to share one of the most wonderful and important things we can do with our success: Give back.

In the past two years, I have witnessed the daily life-and-death struggles of children and families in some of the poorest areas of India. This past January, I boarded a plane with my two oldest sons, 14-year-old Brock and 12-year-old Jake, for a 10-day trip to central India. We visited the impoverished region of Andhra Pradesh to work with and help underprivileged children living in an orphanage.

For me, this was a return trip. I had the privilege of visiting this part of India for the first time in February 2004. After meeting the people, I immediately planned this return trip to renew my friendships with the wonderful people I had come to know and love. I also wanted my sons to join me in what has become a significant, life-changing experience for me.

In turn, I learned four key principles from my India trips that can help you succeed in business and life.