Your Mark On The World combines inspiring stories of ordinary people doing remarkable things to make the world a better place with practical advice to empower anyone to give more to a cause (charity, non-profit or social venture) without giving up a career or family.
The inspiring stories include:
Botevy’s life and death struggle through Pol Pot’s killing fields that led her ultimately to create an orphanage in Phnom Penh.
Rick’s personal crusade to cure cystic fibrosis to ensure that his two afflicted grandchildren will attend his funeral and not the other way around.
The eight-member Smith family’s world service tour.
David’s decision to walk away from a successful career as an international executive to volunteer to care for victims of leprosy in rural India.
These stories are combined with practical financial advice to empower you to give more to a cause without giving up your family or your career.
The book answers these questions:
How do I get out of debt and stay out of debt?
Which charity or cause do I choose to make my donation?
How do I decide where to volunteer?
How can our family plan a volunteer vacation?
How can I save money for retirement?
How much should I contribute to my 401k?
Can I use Mint to manage my budget?
How to retire early enough to devote healthy years to volunteering?
This must-read book provides an overview of philanthropy in America and around the world, providing you with a clear picture of charity and its fruits. You’ll learn the ability to leave your mark on the world.
In My Opinion
If you have ever thought there was someway you could serve in your community or beyond, this book will tell you just how to do it.
As we start to see the ways in which our lives are blessed by abundance, there are many ways we can give back. I have been seeing this trend in my own community. This is the first book I have come across that has been supportive and informational without preaching about obligation or making the reader feel guilty about not doing enough. As the author says, every little bit helps but if you plan you can make an even bigger impact on one cause that is close to your heart.
The conversational style of this book makes it very readable and offers wonderful advice on how to arrange your life to serve. I enjoyed how the author alternated between real life stories of families and individuals who made their influence in the world and sound advice on managing your affairs to make a life of service possible. The stories helped me to see the possibilities in my own life and inspired me to begin taking action. There was a time I tried to serve through my career but it didn’t fit me personally. I like the idea of choosing to serve through my personal time and including my family in the mission. There are so many opportunities here and in communities all over. The suggestion to include your travel in your mission of service, if you like to travel, as a great way to see the world and help at the same time.
This is a wonderful book and fits well into the trend of giving. A quick read that will lift your spirit and make you feel like you can change the world.
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