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Over the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to meet some very impressive people, with wealth and power, and I consider myself privileged to have met them. The excitement building up to my meeting of these persons and the actual meetings were two different things. I was looking for the “wow” factor, I thought that just by breathing in the same air (as crazy as it sounds) might make me smarter (just kidding). But the actual meetings were a bit of a let down. They are just like you and me, tired, overworked but with just allot more money. I understood their positions, but I still wanted more! It wasn’t enough that they had amassed so much money, yes, that is impressive but I still needed more. That is not to say that I am not reminded of their ability to do so much more in community service with foundations to help different causes, and that is definitely to be commended. However, if I remember correctly, in the Bible, it was the old widow who gave the smallest amount, but because she gave all that she had in the world, was recognized, not the wealthy patrons whose gifts were substantial in monetary value but only a small portion of their amassed wealth.
My excitement to meet these men comes from a place in me, that thinks that one day, I too will change the world. Many, many years ago, I met Donald Trump and when I did, I was excited to meet him as well and I told him that one day, I too would be a “mover and shaker” just like him, but way before that meeting many years ago, I knew that I was destined to do something great! And with that knowledge, I always look to those who have accomplished great feats of accumulated wealth and power and sharp business acumen, to see just “how” they were able to do it and what character traits differentiated them from me. I have worked with some very smart people, Michael Adler, Joel Levy, Jorge Lopez, Lenny Wolfe, Jim Clark and TJ, Luis Arizurrieta, Milton Jones, Harry Bookey, Aubrey Fountain and there were so many more people who have influenced my life with their brilliance either directly or indirectly. I believe that each one of them has played an important part in my growth as a person and business woman. The one thing that they all have in common, is integrity.
So, to get back to my original rant on my “let down” after meeting these influential men, maybe what I believe that they lacked is “integrity” or maybe I wasn’t given an opportunity to see it in the short space of time. Maybe the integrity is the “it” factor. My 17 year old daughter, has “it”, one example is of her commitment to her social responsibility, her education and her financial responsibility. Without a car, she puts on her roller-blades and leaves school to coach a little league and then roller-blades to her part time job so she won’t be late. She has me in awe at her abilities and integrity. A young man started working for me this week on a construction site and then he missed the 2nd day of work. I found out that he has epilepsy and needed to see doctors and get medication, but he has not let that stop him. Initially I was upset when he called in, I didn’t know why, but when he showed up for work with his documentation, I have to give him a chance to prove himself and to make the most out of this job – he has integrity. That is what really matters and counts, at least to me.
So, I have decided that what I am building through this company, Suds Domestic Services, LLC and the hiring and training of people to give them stability through jobs, may not make me the Billions, it may not get me on CNBC or Larry King Live, forget about Oprah, or being an advisor to Michelle or Barak Obama. But, maybe, I would be able to make a mark in the lives of some of the people who have worked with me in the same way that some of the people that I mentioned above have influenced me. They may not remember my name, but I remember theirs and their integrity. These are the things that matter, the really important things.