We took The Winners Circle, our invitation-only advanced citizenry and leadership club within The Masters Circle Global, to Charleston, South Carolina, for a weekend of history, fun and camaraderie.
Highlights included raising the flag over Fort Sumter, a carriage ride around colonial Charleston, and a scavenger hunt where we uncovered some of the unique features of this rich and diverse four-hundred-year-old early American city.
The focus of the event was enhancing relationships, as we brought high achievers in from all over the country to enjoy and learn from team-building exercises and competition, designed to expose the participants to key principles they can adapt to running their practices, empowering their staff and making the biggest difference possible for those they touch and serve.
The flag raising was especially poignant and meaningful — the fort was built in the early 1800’s, using three million bricks that were made by slave children, and you could even see the tiny fingerprints in the masonry, quite moving and offering a different viewpoint on that antebellum period. Watching the colors fly over our heads brought to mind all the sacrifice and loss that led to the development of our unique democracy.
What emerged from the emotional engagement was an appreciation of where we came from, where we are and where we are going. The polarity and enmity we suffer today is not unlike the conflicts waged 150 years ago, where brother fought brother to a bitter end, reminiscent of the war over vaccination that has divided and upset our fellow citizens’ balances and friendships.
But the lesson is clear. Being from different cultures is part of the fabric of our nation, yet hate and discrimination are not required, once you understand that people are entitled to choose their own path and follow it. This theme of freedom carries with it a great responsibility, where you express yourself, but still recognize that your right to punch ends where your neighbor’s nose begins. First do no harm, we learned from Hippocrates 2600 years ago, and that core ideology persists through our experience.
And yet, we are entitled to choose our friends and teammates, and this builds the notion of tribe — this is one of the most difficult and challenging eras ever, and most of us feel like it’s too cold and lonely to go it alone. That’s why the concept of tribe is so critical.
Every social and spiritual construct reflects on the essential nature of community. It increases longevity, improves mental health, and provides a framework for us to build upon and grow, individually and together.
That’s why we plan events like this — not only to create new adventures and hatch fresh ideas, but also to share them with people of like mind, the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.
Our members tell us over and over that being connected to something greater than themselves is a direct route to purposeful success, and we take it seriously that they depend on us to offer them guidance on this rocky road.
Our company may or may not be a good fit for you — different strokes for different folks. But one thing is for sure — you will prosper and succeed faster, better and more significantly when you find your tribe. If it is to be, it is up to we — keep that in mind when the chips are down and you are called upon to step up and maximize your impact.
Dennis Perman DC, for The Masters Circle
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