Do you have enough?

Will our glasses ever be full? Picture by apesara.

One of the strongest statements I came across while making my doc, Beyond The Drive, was that “Ambition is a state of feeling perpetually flawed”. It struck a chord so deep inside me, that it stuck instantly. It’s a constant struggle, isn’t it? The never-ending strife for more. More money. More recognition. More rewards.

When CD Baby founder Derek Silvers decided to give his company away to charity, it sparked a whole wave of questions. Why did he do it?

So with this enlightening explanation, he introduced a whole new perspective to the issue.

Two friends were at a party held at the mansion of a billionaire. One said, “Wow! Look at this place! This guy has everything!” The other said, “Yes, but I have something he’ll never have: enough.”

Not only did he open my eyes to the brilliant idea of putting money into a Charitable Trust, he’s also taught me to question myself from time to time… Do I have enough?

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Take it from Acumen Fund.

I’ve always believed in the mission and philosophy behind what Acumen Fund does. Am still reading about the road to how the organization started and what fueled their beliefs in The Blue Sweater: a brilliant book by their founder Jacqueline Novogratz. But if you don’t have time to digest a whole book, let them tell you in 1min 35secs.

Jan Schultink from Axiom One puts it well in his post:

“The video manages to explain a completely revolutionary concept to charity. It is not about giving food, it is not about giving the tools to grow food, but it is all about investing in profitable businesses that produce goods/services, create wealth and can grow by themselves.”

Take it from Acumen Fund. They know why impact can be so much greater when investments are made in social enterprise.

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