Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Importance of Giving Back

First, I'm so proud to be JET of the Day today! Thank you to my wonderful teammates. And as I was trying to think of what to write about today, it occurred to me, where would I be without this amazing group of dedicated and extremely talented artists? I've received so much generous support from the Jewelry on Etsy Team over the years, both in business and my personal life.

With so much success, it's easy to slip into that feeling of self-satisfaction and forget about those that need support. I try to remind myself everyday that the true sign of success is giving back. I began by setting aside a portion of my sales to donate to The American Cancer Society. The impact of this hit home for me when my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Thankfully, he received fantastic treatment and is doing well today!

In that spirit of donating, last year I expanded my charitible donations to extend beyond The American Cancer Society to include The American Diabetes Association in honor of my mother who suffers daily, and The Humane Society of the United States.

We have all heard the expression "With great success comes great responsibility." I believe even small successes come with a responsibility to give back.
I heard an even better quote the other day and I'd love to share it with you.
If your dreams don't include other people, your dreams are not big enough.
(Tell them a little birdie told you.)
Thank you!
~Mary
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12 comments :

Tracy said...

Wonderful and inspiring! Amazing work for amazing causes!

Made By Tammy said...

So true...Awesome message! Gorgeous Jewelry!

Your Daily Jewels said...

Beautiful Message. Thank you for a great reminder.
Your jewelry looks lovely:)

Michele said...

Great aspiring message!!! Lovely jewelry also!!!

SendingLoveGallery said...

wonderful message here~ love the jewelry too!

Brooke said...

Very nice post, quotes and jewelry Mary, thank you!

Beadsme said...

Beautiful post Mary.

Dashery Jewelry said...

Wonderful post!

Erika Price said...

You make beautiful jewelry Mary, and its so nice that you are able to "give something back" to society. As you know, I give 100% of my profits to charity, so I thought your quotes were very appropriate and simply wonderful too!

jemsbyjb said...

Great article. The beautiful inspirational pieces are a favorite.

trentongal said...

LOve your shop mary and you are a great inspiration to many !

cooljewelrydesign said...

Mary that is so very true...our focus cannot be on just getting ahead or of ourselves...think about it, when we sit down to create something...we are hoping to bring joy to someone else. That is what you do every time you post something on the Jet thread...you make us smile! So you give more than you can imagine. I also give back, so I understand.