A wealthy Jewish businessman was once walking down a busy Manhattan street corner. He passes a Jewish man with a beard and a tattered suit holding out a Tzedakah box. The wealthy man passes the schnorer with a disgusted grunt. Then he sees a well dressed man with a priest collar standing with a sign asking for support for the homeless. Making sure that the schnorer sees him, he gives the priest a $100 bill. Then as he walks away he turns to the schnorer and says "why do you have to be such a shlimazel, why can't you be more like the good father over there"?
The schnorer ...
Change is hard, no doubt. Change begins with a bold move. The move is a desire to move beyond your current reality. It's normal to take comfort in your present reality even if it is a sometimes miserable reality. After all it's what we know. As they say, "better an evil you know...".
I've found myself often speaking with Shluchim who talk about wanting more people coming around, more money to expand peulos or at least to not have debt, more time to focus on the things that make up the core Shlichus.
So we learn tools, create a nice document with a vision, develop an ...
Am I an ATM machine that you show up to once a year and ask for a donation?
Chabad House Donor
Recently, I received a gift (value $5) from a vendor who services our Chabad House. It was a small gift but it brought them into my consciousness. It was also a gift that stood out - something different.
It was a gift that said;
I appreciate you
I appreciate you choosing to give your dollars to us rather than to another vendor
I appreciate you seeing value in our company
I hope you'll continue to give us business
I hope you'll grow your business with us
Imagine building a business - let's say an appliance store and investing a ton of money with the hope that customers will walk through your door and buy without you doing any marketing.
Of course you wouldn't do that. So you do some marketing. Really good marketing. The customers come through the door. They look around, they buy filters for their refrigerators, filters for their HVAC, replacement shelves for their oven. No one ever goes over to them to ask if they are interested in looking at the new top of the line refrigerator on sale today. No one ever goes over to ...
“There is no joy like the resolution of doubt.”
“Make for yourself a Rav”
Do you think you are decisive? Or do you know that you are indecisive? Or are you indecisive as to whether you are or not?
(What flavor ice cream did you have on Shavous? Was it a mix of chocolate and vanilla? Is that the inability to make a decision? )
Shluchim are leaders and one of the qualities of leaders is their ability to make decisions. Making decisions has consequences which is why it is both a challenge and why it is a sign of leadership. To make bold decisions and ...