When you are a successful company, it is of the utmost importance that you do some good with what you have. Unfortunately, all too many companies out there look at the fat stacks of cash that they have and think about all of the things that they can buy and invest in and exploit with it. We did not get into this business simply to accumulate vast sums – though that is definitely a big perk of having a successful business, please do not get us wrong – we actively wanted to do something good, both for our native home of London and for the world at large. My wife and I are active contributors to a number of causes, and we try to do as much as we can to get other people involved, especially younger people who may feel disaffected in society and need some kind of guidance. Every month, the few employees we have are encouraged to do charity work, and anyone who does can look forward to some nice perks for it.
With the level of success that our business has achieved, we can very comfortably afford to do more for society – as such, we would certainly not spend one moment trying to shame people who perhaps cannot afford to do what we do. There is nothing wrong with trying to prioritize you and yours over others, so long as you do as much as you can with the time, budget, and energy that you have available. However, what really frustrates us is, as we discussed above, the richest among us who really do not care about donating their money and time to worthy causes. In our years on this earth, even when our company was in its most dire straits, we made a strong effort to leave a positive impact on others. Not only did we consistently give money – sometimes less than we wanted when times got tough – we actually went out and helped distribute food, clothing, and other important amenities to the homeless. Ultimately, one of our goals in life is to, when we are old and retired, be able to look back and say that we did as much as we could to help as many people as we could.
My wife has definitely always cared about being a philanthropist as her family was fairly well-to-do, but my philanthropy was based, in at least some part, on my own personal experiences growing up. My family did not have a lot of money to spare, and it had us living on the streets more than a few times. We eventually got a bit of a “bail out” so to speak that allowed us to coast, and more importantly, allowed me to get a proper education. This not only helped me work towards the career I now have and love, but also helped me to find the woman that i love even more. It was my mother who truly instilled on me the value of selflessness though – no matter how down and out we were, she kept a strong front and in downtime, did as much as she could to help other homeless people survive on the streets. She was one of the most important people in my lives, and I thank her for everything she has done.