“All things can be taken from us but the last great human right: to choose ones path.” – Vicktor Frankl
How do you respond when adversity emerges in your life? [Tweet this.]
Whether insignificant events or massive tragedy, the way we move forward not only impacts our life, but those we touch through it. Let me share a powerful example you can apply as you choose your path forward.
Howard Lutnick is the chairman of Cantor Fitzgerald.
Cantor Fitzgerald is the financial firm that lost all 658 employees in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The only reason Lutnick survived that morning is he took his son, Kyle, to his first day of kindergarten. It was a stunning coincidence that saved his life, but left him wondering how to carry forward the weight of so much grief, so much loss.
These were his coworkers, partners, and family members. These were people he had worked with, planned with and grown with and loved over the past two decades.
And none survived.
Lutnic resolved to rebuild his business – not to simply stay busy or make money, but to support the families of his employees who died. A business previously focused on making money became laser focused on a higher calling: making a difference.
Although he could not alleviate the loss of his employees’ families, he could help shoulder their financial burden. Diligently growing the business over the next five years, he gave almost $200 million dollars in profits to support the families of his fallen coworkers.
Even the anniversary of September 11th became something to not just remember and mourn, but a date to serve and impact. His company takes all employees’ pay and revenue collected on the anniversary and contributes it to various charities. In 2014, more than $12 million dollars were donated.
A date intended to strike fear, sadness and anger in the hearts of the people affected has been transformed into one that provides hope, love and generosity.
As Howard Lutnick says, “We’ve turned the most difficult day into something beautiful.”
My friends, we, too, can turn the difficult into the beautiful. It’s a choice to refuse living as a victim to circumstances and instead thriving as a victor over them. [Tweet this.]
As we all know, all things can be taken from us. The business can be destroyed. The wealth can disappear. The relationship can fall apart. The children can disappoint.
But know this: no difficulty, no bad day, no tragedy, no terrorist can remove the last great human right: your amazing ability in each moment to choose your path, choose your direction, and choose to make a difference. [Tweet this.]
Choose to stay on fire for life and know that the best is yet to come.