Michael Friedman is not your ordinary 16 year old. Just this year, Mikey created his own non-profit, Mikey's Way Foundation, to purchase games and toys for critically-ill children in hospitals. What makes this even more special is that Michael gave up his own wish granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help others. You see, last year, Michael was diagnosed with a rare form of pediatric cancer.
In my upcoming book, Coaching Into Greatness, I explore the 7 Abundance Aptitudes that comprise Abundance Intelligence® (Abundance Intelligence). Michael embodies the Abundance Aptitude of Significance. Significance is defined as knowing who you are and living into that greatness everyday. Individuals who demonstrate Significance have made a shift from external expectation (expecting someone or something else to solve things for them) to internal realization (recognizing their significance and impact on the world around them).
Michael seized an opportunity to be abundant. By acting unselfishly, he chose to do greater good for other critically-ill children. He could have gone to DisneyLand. He could have chosen to meet his favorite rock band. Instead, he made the conscious choice of Engagement - a conscious pattern of people who possess the Abundance Aptitude of Significance. He looked outside of himself, saw what he could do, and then did what he could do. What an inspiring example for all of us!
What are you not doing that you CAN do today?
If you are interested in supporting Mikey's Way, send your donations to Mikey's Way Foundation, 35 Wintergreen Drive, Easton, CT 06612.