I had the opportunity to hear Tim Tebow, the two-time national champion and Heisman trophy winner, speak at the Rytech Sunshine Conference recently, and he asked the audience some very good questions.
Tim believes in divine intervention and that we are all on this earth for a
reason. As he talked about his childhood and the events that made him the
man he is today, he asked three critical questions: Do you love what you’re
doing? Are you passionate about it? And, are you willing to sacrifice for what
you love and are passionate about?
As I listened to him, I thought about these questions in the context of
the insurance industry. Many of our readers ended up in this industry from
somewhere else and decided to stay and make it their career. Not because of
the recognition or money, but I think because they love what they do — helping
people at an extremely difficult time as they put their lives back together. They
like the challenge, the fact that every day is different and they can’t afford to
become complacent. There is an energy that working in any aspect of this
Are they passionate about what they do as adjusters, claims managers,
investigators, customer service representatives or other insurance
professionals? Yes! Because they know that they are the keys to providing a real
solution to what may seem like an impossible situation. Most people who work
in any aspect of this industry don’t do it just
for the money, they do it because they truly
believe that they can make a difference in the
lives of people who are having really bad day.
And last, are they willing to sacrifice for
what they love and are passionate about?
Most definitely. I know countless professionals
in insurance and related industries who have
paid a high personal price to assist someone
they didn’t know. It has cost them in terms of
personal relationships, business opportunities
and countless other ways, but they were willing to pay the price.
Tim also asked about what motivates us — is it money and praise or things
that really matter? He said it’s really easy to lose perspective and to focus on
the wrong things. In the end, if we live for and concentrate on the important
things, then the lives of the people around us will be better because of us.
What we do for others will last a lifetime and that’s definitely a legacy I can
live with. I challenge you to go make your mark!
Patricia L. Harman, Editor-in-Chief