November 13, 2014 Kathy Blair

Give Back; Be Happy!

In his Huffington Post article, “Entrepreneurship—Completing the Circle,” Suren Dutia reminds us that most accomplished entrepreneurs owe at least some of their success to the foundation of society that allowed them to excel.  Given that, he believes that “success is like a circle and people should pass the benefits of success forward to make the world a better place.”  He goes on to say that  “entrepreneurs embody traits that are ideal for addressing social needs, such as leadership, vision, the ability to attract talented people, drive, focus, perseverance, self-confidence, optimism, competitiveness and ambition.”  Leveraging these talents can indeed positively impact our society for the better.

Mr. Dutia also encourages entrepreneurs to give back in philanthropic ways as well through donations and grants. When he asked one successful gentleman why he gave back, the answer was “I have all the money I require and now I want to spend my time and energy on helping others, my health and be happy.”

Philanthropy may be just the ticket! As reported by Gretchen Rubin in The Happiness Boomerang, “research shows that people who aid the causes they value tend to be happier and in better health, and that they show fewer signs of physical and mental aging.”  So Mr. Dutia’s successful friend may be doing just the thing to ensure his health and happiness.

The Peers Network in San Diego embodies the ideals of entrepreneurs giving back. Their mission is “to give back to the San Diego community by helping enhance and improve philanthropic pursuits while providing a network to encourage entrepreneurship.” In reviewing photos from their activities, you see many smiling faces, and obviously they are enjoying themselves. It makes you wonder; maybe their motivation in giving back is really so they will be happy!


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