Invest Your Heartbeats Wisely, Backstory
My parents were part of the Greatest Generation, growing up during the Great Depression and WWII. The Depression impacted them greatly in their conservative approach to the value of money and preparing for a rainy day. My dad fought in Patton’s Third Army and was one of the Iron Men of Metz for that famous battle. My mom served in the civil service during the war. They provided a great life for me physically, emotionally, and spiritually. They taught me responsibility, respect, accountability, and the honor of doing the right things for anyone in which you come in contact. They inspired me in their living.
My mom taught me that money equals heartbeats. We trade our heartbeats for an income and then can spend that earned money on things we choose. Her admonition: remember that the dollars you pull out of your wallet really represent those heartbeats you traded for them. Be sure the item you’re going to get is worth your heartbeats since you don’t get them back; powerful words to live by and by which to weigh decisions.
My parents are gone now but their influence sticks with me today. As a leader in my organization I have chosen to invest my heartbeats in areas of the development of the business and the people who are there right beside me. I wanted to expand on the idea that money equals heartbeats so that leaders could see that where they choose to invest their heartbeats can have a profound influence on the success or failure of their company and the people in it. I think the idea and seed for this book was planted many years ago and I am grateful to my parents for doing so. I know the Lord has watered that seed over the years and I am pleased to share the wisdom of not only thousands of years of history but, also more recently, that of my parents, mentors, and my experiences implementing those concepts.
As a young boy growing up, I was always taught the value and importance of helping others and showing respect for anyone, no matter their position in life. A humble, servant attitude has helped me through my life. A leader is called to serve people in a special way. Discovering how to invest your heartbeats in the people you lead is one of the greatest breakthroughs you can give your organization.