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“Aspire to Inspire before You Expire”

This motto was posted a while ago in Facebook. It is attributed to Crystalline Starseed-Pleiadian or Eugene Bell, Jr. or Israelmore Ayivor, depending on whom you ask. This quote reminds me of teaching and why many people go into the teaching field.

There are so many different ways to inspire your employees, your family, and your friends.

Employers can inspire their employees in many low-cost ways. A company that I worked for held a pre-Thanksgiving feast every year, a pot luck lunch. Employees would sign up to bring their favorite dish and everyone would share in the meal. It was a great way to bring people together, working towards a common goal. Employers can also volunteer at their favorite non-profits and encourage their employees to do so as well. Some employers pay employees four hours a year to volunteer or even lend them to the United Way during their annual campaign. One of my clients purchased a grill and offered a cookout to all of the employees every Friday during the summer.

Young families create traditions around certain seasons or holidays such as the first day of berry picking, the annual summer outing to the ocean, choosing your own pumpkin for Halloween, helping to pick out the annual Christmas tree, or decorating a live tree outside for the animals. Over the years, those traditions inspire the next generation to continue them with their own families.

You can inspire your friends by volunteering at a local non-profit, your local hospital, or your local Chamber. Even if you don’t join a Board, you can contribute by donating your time to a nonprofit committee or event. It’s a wonderful way to give back to your community and a way to make new friends who share at least one of your interests.

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