My first job was in sales. I went into sales because I enjoyed it and it paid well. To reach my goals, I knew I had to be the best. Due to that motivation, I turned to an icon writer – Napolean Hill. I read many of his books to learn how to be the best sales person I could be. I had great books that I devoured – Think and Grow Rich, Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude, The Law of Success…among many others. That was in my teens, but now as I approach 50, I want to give back.
To that end, I’m so proud and fortunate to take over a very worthy program in my community of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.
The Out of the Cold Program, which shuts down in April, will now continue over the next six months. As a volunteer for the program, I thought, “if we shut down, where will the homeless go as a meeting place – a sense of community? Where will they eat?” I needed to step up to the plate and keep the program open. With the help of many other volunteers, we will be able to continue with the program through the spring/summer and fall.
Helping gives me joy and I definitely receive more than I give. I am humbled by the lives they lead every single day with grace. There are so many myths out there about the homeless. As a volunteer, I want to dispel them. I see that they don’t feel sorry for themselves. Rather, they are creative, imaginative and full of life. And like all of us, they have desires, wishes and hopes. In a lot of circumstances, through bad luck – an illness, a loss of a job or divorce, people do end up on the street. At one time, I remember walking the streets with a group of volunteers handing out sandwiches. I took the opportunity to sit with a lady who was in “transition” for a number of reasons; reasons that would make the strongest person in the world break. Despite her transition to being homeless, she told me that she still has dreams, hopes, the will to live, and desire to help others. What really touched me was her willingness to forgive! What an amazing lesson she taught me as later that night I reviewed our conversation. I came to realizations of my own: as I went through major hard life issues, people were there to uplift and support me. I also thought back to my teens and twenties when my focus was on success. Not a bad thing in itself. But it’s more rewarding to continue to do good with that success.
Like all industries, the finance and marketing field brings with it both the good and bad. A lot of individuals are solely focused on making a profit but there are many that have values that extend far greater. I reached out to a couple of my associates on Bay Street in Toronto and in Vancouver and explained what my plan was for The Out of the Cold Program. They were more than happy to help. I received a 5-digit donation from Anthony Durkacz of First Republic Capital to continue with the Out of the Cold Program. Jared Lazerson, president of MGX Minerals also kindly offered whatever I required for the program.
These people, including my volunteers who have mastered their industry, have also mastered the Art of Giving: to give from the heart without any expectation of a return.
Upcoming Events – Thinking North
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm
Corner of Bay and King, Toronto
For more info click here: ThinkingNorth (event details at the bottom of the homepage)
As the keynote speaker, I will be speaking on the convergence of Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence. Looking forward to seeing some of you there.
Kal Kotecha, BA, MEd, MBA, PhD
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