They developed a team totally committed to their purpose, humbling themselves and subjugating personal ambitions to their goals. They all worked together and stayed focused on their mission which was serving the malnourished poor. And, they accomplished what many thought they never could.
They were attacked by the media, who doubted their intentions, but they steadfastly remained loyal to their cause. The story was truly inspiring. For more, feel free to read, "Lost in a Foreign Land".
A person of integrity expects to be believed and when they are not, they let time prove them right.
During the conference, this got me thinking. Were we at Franklin Wealth truly inspired by something greater than ourselves and was everyone committed to one purpose as one team? For the last year we have been working to refine and redefine our purpose as a team and make sure every team member feels this deeply.
Our purpose at Franklin Wealth Management is to inspire and empower others to fulfill purposes greater than themselves. For myself and our team it is a powerful and motivating cause that provides meaning. It allows us to focus on others and help them discover personal missions for the next chapter of their lives.
I realized that what I wanted for my son was not necessarily what he wanted for himself. I've apologized to him many times over the last year for trying to push him toward a path that wasn't his own. Jennifer and I have worked hard to support him finding his own path and help him the best we can. He has found a new love for the guitar and swimming during his first year at McCallie. We're also grateful he has stuck with the swim team in the face of particularly grueling practices.
Recently, I asked Jack when he felt I was proud of him. Always the jokester, he answered, "Wednesdays". I told him I was proud of him when he persisted in something that did not come easily and when he showed integrity and character. I also asked him, "When does your Dad love you?" He said, "Always". I'm glad he recognizes this, because I have been striving to consistently show him and tell him how much I love him.
Some learn by reading. Others learn by observing. Unfortunately, many of us learn from painful experiences. When we encounter these experiences, we hopefully become more humble and grow into better versions of ourselves. There are few today that are not going through some sort of struggle. Tough times allow us to ponder how we can become the best versions of ourselves. How we respond to these lessons and life challenges makes all the difference.
Is it possible for us to develop the type of humility these books speak of? What are we willing to sacrifice for a cause? Can we live up to the standard of a Mother Theresa, Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King Jr.?
Martin Luther King said it well when describing how he would like to be remembered. His words are written below:
We all think about it and every now and then I think about my own death and I think about my own funeral. And I don't think about it in a morbid sense. And every now and then I ask myself what it is that I would want said and I leave the word to you this morning.
If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don't want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy tell him not to talk too long. Every now and then I wonder what I want him to say.
Tell him not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize--that isn't important. Tell not to mention that have 300 or 400 other awards--that's not important. Tell him not to mention where I went to school.
I'd like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to give his life serving others. I'd like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to love somebody.
I want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe the naked. I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison. And I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.
Yes, if you want to, say that I was a drum major. Say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness.
And all of the other shallow things will not matter.
Joe D. Franklin, CFP is Founder and President of Franklin Wealth Management, and CEO of Innovative Advisory Partners, a registered investment advisory firm in Hixson, Tennessee. A 20+year industry veteran, he contributes guest articles for Money Magazine and authors the Franklin Backstage Pass blog. Joe has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Magazine, USA Today and other publications.
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