Transforming the World

“Quand tu veux construire un bateau, ne commence pas par rassembler du bois, couper des planches et distribuer du travail, mais reveille au sein des hommes le desir de la mer grande et large.

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I, like most of you I’m sure, had a niggling question in the back of my head throughout my youth. That question propelled me in a number of directions, compelled me to study the world around me with great interest and fueled my wanderlust. The question took many forms, but most often it came dressed simply as “Why am I here?”

To be sure, life is meaningless without purpose. Life devoid of purpose is drudgery. Thoughts of “Why bother,” “Why me?” and “Who cares?” float in and out of consciousness when you are short on lofty aspiration and long on temporary abstraction.

It is for this reason that I have chosen to build my companies around a vision, specifically, a vision of a healthier world. We’re not here to make a widget and get as many widgets as we can into the hands of faceless customers. We are here to transform the world we have the privilege of passing through for however many years we have on earth.

Given this, every one of my employees is encouraged and taught to see that every interaction, every task, every decision matters in relation to our shared purpose. We have set for ourselves mighty goal of transforming the lives of each and every person we serve for the better. And I will be the first to acknowledge that our success in this endeavor hangs entirely upon the willingness of each and every one of us to be passionate about this goal.

You must be inspired to be an inspiration!

5 thoughts on “Transforming the World

  1. Coco

    I love your quote, it would be a powerful foundation for any endeavor. The lablel of being inspired has often implied that the inspiration was from the Divine. I believe that’s always true, as inspiration is a powerful force, an aspect of love. It draws people, the thinking from the people and the energy that enlivens them. It’s the ingredient that enhances all the other aspects, rather like the salt in our food. I believe if you want to be successful in life discover what you’re passionate about and pursue it or allow yourself to be lifted up by another’s passion and see what lights may be lit in your own heart.

  2. Steve V

    Being in the health field also your post and quotation makes me think to teach the people who come to see me to long for the immensity of health. As simple as this is it feels like a great fire. Thank you for the inspiration today.

  3. Joy

    Lethargy is a heavy weight to bear and many, many people drawn as a result of it. Inspiration on the other hand lifts not only oneself up, but those we associate with as well. Thank you Gregg for your ongoing inspiration!!

  4. Zach

    Continuous inspiration, both as a giver and as a receiver, is the only way to continue down a successful path in life. You might be able to bull through life on stubbornness alone, but what kind of life-quality do you get there?
    One way both to be an inspiration and to get inspired is to continue refining whatever it is that you do. It doesn’t matter what it is, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be lofty, but if you do that thing to the best of your ability every day and then try to make your best even better, you will do more than many people on the earth do in their entire lives.

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