Throughout my career I have noticed a pattern that is worth making note of. There is a strong correlation between those that give back to their community and succeed in their respective businesses. Corporate social responsibility is an incredibly important idea that more professionals ought to take upon themselves. We in the healthcare field have an especially important role to play, representing our field in the honorable way we should. Giving back matters. Providing the best of services to our patients is what is required of us. But the special thing about going the extra mile is that it’s a choice we make.
Here are some quotes from leaders about committing ourselves to community advocacy.
“Heroes didn’t leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn’t wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else’s. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.” –Jodi Picoult
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.” –John Donne