Friday, 14 March 2014
BOTTOM LINE - LIGNE DE FOND
What do you think about when you hear the words “bottom line”? From my observation these are words that are synonymous with money and by extension a life of luxury, to a lot of people especially in the dog eat dog capitalist setting. This is the reason why people would do anything to get a proper bottom line even if it means selling their dreams to the highest bidder. People will spend time, endure pain to accomplish a dream and sell it for money and the luxury that it can provide. I am not in any way saying that others cannot buy into your vision by investing in it, but when it comes to the point where you do not care about what happens to your dream because the money is huge, then I will rethink what your passion was in the first place; money or impact. This is where we must establish our core values before we pursue our vision because in the absence of well-intentioned and established core values, your vision and your labour will be bought over. At the end of the day, all you will have left to your name and the next generation will be how much wealth you had. However, there are those whose bottom line is to make money in order to use it for charity, help to sponsor those who are doing things to help humanity that they themselves are not ready to get involved in. In this case, we can understand why money as your bottom line. The point I am trying to make is that all our labor should not be geared towards simply living a life of luxury if we ever want to leave behind any kind of legacy. What you carry inside and can leave behind for the benefit of humanity is bigger than the size of yacht or private jet you can ever own.