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By Darryl Stewart

How to change the world

How do you live your life enjoyably when you are torn between the need to make money and a desire to do good in the world? Simple – you define what matters to you, write it down, and live by those rules as you do the best you can to succeed at life.  Make money yes, but do it in a way that is in alignment with your beliefs.

In my life I follow five rules: 

  1. I give: The more I have, the more I share. I give of my time and money for the purpose of making my life worthwhile by making a difference for others.
  2. I inspire and lead: I understand that I can achieve my mission far more effectively by involving others, and I can increase my impact by inspiring and empowering others.
  3. I live sustainably: I take care of myself and the important relationships in my life; I live within a reasonable environmental footprint; and I live within my financial means.
  4. I always look for the lighter side : I try to bring laughter, humour, and fun into just about everything I do.
  5. I seek to learn: Most problems already have a solution and learning inspires me to take action. I indulge my love of learning.

Whatever goals you have in your life – to retire at a certain age, put your kid through college, go on an epic trip,  get to a certain level of sales, build a new office location – we need to be true to ourselves in attaining them. How we get there is as important as getting there. Values are what should guide us.

This is how you change the world; be an example of living life the way you believe it should be lived. 

IBEX Payroll extends our profound respect and immeasurable gratitude to all the ancestors and keepers of the land on whose traditional territories our work takes place. We acknowledge that we are on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional gathering place of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene people and the traditional homeland of the Métis people. This land is sacred, historical, and significant. 

Every time we acknowledge this truth, we have an invitation and an opportunity to reflect on the wrongs of the past, what we do in the present, and what we can do to continually honour the people whose lands and water we benefit from today. 

This statement only acts as a first step in honouring the land we reside on and its peoples, and must be paired with education, understanding and informed action.