Have you ever thought about what you want to accomplish in life, and how it will affect others? This is often described as a legacy, and it’s one of my life goals.
During an August 2021 interview with SUCCESS Magazine, I talked about the legacy we are building for our family, friends and even within the businesses in which we’re involved.
It’s difficult to describe my outlook on life without mentioning my husband, entrepreneur Glenn Stearns. We’re from vastly different backgrounds, but together we’re equal partners in building a legacy centered around kindness. I’m not just interested in building this legacy… now it’s literally my job.
When Glenn decided to take another stab at the mortgage industry after having sold his company to Blackstone in 2014, he asked me to be part of it in a significant way. With the name of the business being Kind Lending, he asked me to be his Chief Kindness Officer.
Over the past 13 years, we have been through quite a few hardships, including some major financial and health-related crises. This helped us to forge our decision to make kindness our shared legacy. After building the Stearns Lending empire, Glenn kept his business going through the financial crisis of 2008-2009 while other businesses crumbled. More recently, he faced down and won a battle with squamous cell carcinoma, which was one of our most challenging times.
My position of Chief Kindness Officer supports Kind Lending’s mission of putting people before profits. Creating a culture of kindness is important because compassion, loyalty, and a workplace that treats everyone equally are three of the most important things for a successful business. Glenn and I are convinced we can succeed with kindness while building a worthwhile legacy.
One can never give too much kindness. It’s a currency which never runs out and creates more abundance when it is given away.