Empowerment and the Importance of Giving Back

David Meltzer discusses giving back
Why focus on giving back?

People ask me how I have the time to be working with so many charitable causes. When people perceive that I am intently focused on a project like the Crescent Moon Foundation, the Unstoppable Foundation, or Junior Achievement they are very curious about my reasoning. The answer is very simple.  I always keep in mind that I would not be the person I am today if it were not for the experiences and opportunities along the way.  The people I came across fostered my enjoyment of the pursuit of my potential.

Know your experiential values

Groups like The Crescent Moon Foundation, Unstoppable, and Junior Achievement helped mold me and give me opportunities I would not have had otherwise. Junior Achievement was where I met the first people outside of my family who believed in me and empowered me with an entrepreneurial spirit. The Crescent Moon and Unstoppable Foundations allow me to inspire children in the same respect domestically and internationally.

Trust the Universe

The people that gave me their valuable time and dedication inspired me to do the same.  The reason I choose to spend so much time on creating value and being of service is because, to me, it is more important than making money. That is an idea I try to instill in everyone I meet. Money is a necessary asset or resource, but it does not come unless you understand being of service and giving back first.  Trust the universe that the money will come.

Give back to go forward

I love going back to the places where others taught me to “pay it forward” to the next generation. Whether it’s the elementary school, high school, college, or law school I attended, I enjoy sharing the lessons I’ve learned with young people to empower those who may be in a similar situation. Since we are fairly relative, these children can relate to me and I can relate to them. I get to connect and share my successes, and especially my failures. I let the next generation learn from the “dummy tax” that I’ve already paid. Not only do I get to set a professional example to them for them to follow, but by coming back and paying respect to the places that have helped shape me, I’m encouraging them to do the same.

By: David Meltzer

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