| A Lesson in Respecting Your Inherited Legacy
, September 6, 2009
They say our lives are made not of atoms but stories. Bryant shares with us his own transformation from a man intent on proving himself successful in the traditional, business sense to one whose life finds meaning in the service of others. The author, now vice chair of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, entered the post-riots-zone of 1990s South Central Los Angeles, invited in some major power brokers who might not normally cruise this part of town and exposed them to the repressed yet golden potential that resided within the people of this community. Seeding financial literacy programs and additional services whereby citizens could own their own homes and businesses, he and his enlightened partners helped clear a space for hope to emerge from the ashes. Yes, these are the stories of l-i-f-e!
On a larger scale, Bryant takes on the fear, greed and "short term-ism" so rampant in modern day capitalism and asks us to consider the possibilities of a "good capitalism." (As I read this, I thought: Can we refine the rules of capitalism. One answer: Why not?!) Bryant shares many stories of successful business leaders, ministers, aspiring youth, line workers and U.S. Presidents who have inspired him. He challenges us to challenge ourselves to become "best in class" players in terms of how we apply our leadership talents in the world.
On a personal note, as I read this book I also pondered my own legacy and the tradition of servant-leaders from which I come (although back in the day, they were just good people trying to advocate for those less fortunate.) Many of us can tap into such legacies as it's the stuff this country was built on. Bryant makes a profound case for casting off our exuberant apathy and clearing a space for the power of love leadership to burn bright. This book will show you how. Maura Conlon-McIvor, Author, FBI GIRL.