Week 38 of 52. Welcome to Drucker Mondays, a 52-week journey through the new book, A Year with Peter Drucker: 52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness, by Joseph A. Maciariello. Each Monday, we'll feature a Drucker fan and his or her favorite snippet from the week's topic. (Subscribe on this page.) Don Schoendorfer is our guest writer today.
THE BIG IDEA FROM THE BOOK: Are you focusing more on doing the things that give you achievement and satisfaction and growth or more on the things that have impact outside of yourself?
DON SCHOENDORFER'S FAVORITE DRUCKER INSIGHT from Week 38, pages 307-311:
• ““The decision is going to come up.”
DON SCHOENDORFER'S COLOR COMMENTARY:
For me, the decision I had to make was whether I had achieved enough in my career.
My plan was to become extraordinarily rich, not for the wealth itself, but I felt once there, I could use the wealth to do “good things” without having to ask others. Being the introverted engineer, I was not about asking others for their support.
Twenty-three years went by, and I succeeded in sharpening my career skills, inventing and developing new medical products for companies that employed me. In that respect, I was indeed “successful.” But after those 23 years, I realized extraordinary wealth was not in my future.
It was then that God showed up.
His words changed my perspectives and then, my plans. Relative to the rest of the world, I was extraordinarily rich. By just having an education and living in America, I was extraordinarily rich.
With God’s help, the decision “came up.” I will trust in Him to chart the course. My job became overcoming my introverted self. I found a discontinuity in society that Drucker mentions—that 100 million of our brothers and sisters crawl on the ground; and that a simple, inexpensive, durable and functional wheelchair will bring them a better life.
One of my most favorite quotes comes from Pastor Kenton Beshore of Mariners Church. “God loves you too much to let you win the lottery.”
THIS WEEK'S QUOTES & COMMENTARY BY DON SCHOENDORFER:
Don Schoendorfer, the founder of Free Wheelchair Mission, is a testament to what is possible with a background in biomedical engineering and a calling for change. Don has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and holds more than 60 U.S. Patents in the field of medical technology.
While vacationing in Morocco, Don and his wife witnessed the plight of a woman with disabilities, struggling to drag herself across a dirt road. Ignored by the surrounding crowd and barely evading traffic, the woman’s hardship was a scene that Don and Laurie would never forget upon their return to life in southern California.
Following that transformative experience, Don turned his God-given talents to solving the problem of immobility in developing nations. His hands-on, inventive approach guided him in designing a low-cost, high-durability and functional wheelchair. Visit Free Wheelchair Mission for more information.
• Your response? Both Drucker and Don remind you that “the decision is going to come up.”
• If you have not yet read Bob Buford’s bestselling book, Halftime: Changing Your Game Plan from Success to Significance, read this review and order it today.
On Oct. 5, 2015, watch for David Schmidt's color commentary on Week 40’s topic, “Individuals May Need a Process to Help Them Move From Success to Significance,” one of six chapters on “Developing Oneself from Success to Significance.” (Editor’s Note: We intentionally flipped Week 38 and 39.)