Fortune Friday: “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

Last evening, me and my wife attended the awards night for our son’s high school football team. While it was wonderful to hear about the team’s successful season and the numerous school records broken by several parting senior varsity players, what struck me most was a recurring theme of personal excellence.

And within that theme a phrase was repeated multiple times. Several players and coaches were described as “a man built for others.”

A Man Built for Others.

This phrase is the cornerstone of their entire football program. Not simply to develop outstanding athletes and win games—though important—but to turn young boys into contributing, successful men who can influence their communities for good.

To teach them to look beyond themselves. To serve. To be worthwhile.

Worthwhile is defined as worth the time, money, or effort spent; of value or importance.

My son’s football program, as well as my son, have invested a great deal of time and effort (and money) into improving the players individually and the team collectively.

But all of that will mean precious little if they focus inward and simply “look out for number one” or try to just “get theirs.”

True victory in life is found in seeing past ones’ self and ones’ problems and instead looking to lift and help others.

To your good fortune!

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