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Contribute to the Greater Good

With charisma, you can inspire those around you to greatness, as well as come closer to greatness yourself. One key aspect of your charisma is the spiritual aspect of your silent message, what you convey to others around you. Now, this has nothing to do with how often you go to church. Instead, by "spiritual," I mean the level of caring you convey, the sense of higher purpose or greater good you communicate.

I was struck not long ago by the tributes that followed the death of industrialist David Packard. He was, of course, eulogized as a can-do genius who, starting with $538 in cash and an empty Palo Alto garage, built corporate giant Hewlett-Packard.

But amid the stories of his savvy management and progressive thinking, were many, many anecdotes about David Packard, the man. An enemy of pomposity and immodesty, he was remembered for his generosity, his friendliness, and his attentiveness to and trust in his employees. He was as strongly devoted to people, many said, as he was to technology and sound business practices.

In short, Packard never forgot that character and kindness never go out of style. His charisma, enormous by any calculation, was made greater still by his humanity. In short, he cared, and that's the essence of this spiritual dimension.

Here's to more personal insight,


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What can you do to contribute to the greater good?

Think about the resources you have available to contribute to your community - then contribute! These resources can be money, and charitable groups always appreciate donations, but sometimes your skills and talents, and, most importantly, your time, are more valuable to recipients. The next time you have a free Saturday, you could sit around in your pajamas reading the paper (and I do recognize the need to do this every once in awhile!), but you could also make a difference with that time.

Try working with Habitat for Humanity at a construction site.

Or walk attention-starved dogs at your local pet shelter.

Or dish out hot meals at a soup kitchen.

Or pick up trash at the local beach, forest, or park.

Everyone has at least one cause that resonates with their interests and concerns, so make that cause your own by getting out there and contributing to it. Every little bit helps.