Over the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to meet one of the richest men in the World as well as one of America’s top History Makers, I consider myself privileged to have met them.  The excitement building up to my meeting of these persons and the actual meeting were two different things.  I was looking for the “wow” factor, I wanted to “just breathe the same air” (as crazy as it sounds), but the actual meetings were to me, let downs.  I realized that the amount of money that they had amassed, the Billions of dollars, really didn’t make them “awesome” at least not to me.  Yes, I admire them for what they have accomplished, but I still wanted more!  Wow me with something more than $$$ signs.  That is not to say that I am not reminded of the foundations that these persons have put in place for children and those less fortunate.  However, if I remember correctly, in the Bible, it was the old widow who gave the smallest amount because she gave all that she had that was recognized, not the wealthy who gave but a small portion of their amassed wealth although it was of much more monetary value than that of the widow.

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 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”.  Maybe the integrity is the “it” factor.  My 17 year old daughter, has more integrity than both of the men that I mentioned above, an 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.