Pope John Paul 2; His passing leaves what message?

Watching the recent media coverage on Pope John Paul has made me rediscover what we have lost as a planet. Tirelessly listening to the stories of his travels, his accomplishments and even his controversies left me in awe of the worlds love and appreciation of the Polish Pontif. His life of servitude leadership re-kindles the neo spirituality even in myself, and in digging I found a great article that coincides with this time of loss and morning for Christians and humans worldwide: (of course this deals with the economic importance of servitude and responsibility)
Purpose. Every young person needs to know that he was created for a purpose. There is, of course, the spiritual purpose Dr. Rick Warren writes about--to please God--but this is not a spiritual column, so I won't go there. I would, however, argue that there is also an economic purpose to our lives. It is to discover our gifts, make them productive and find outlets for their best contribution. Does any school teach this?
Priorities. The best single piece of advice from Peter Drucker: Stop thinking about what you can achieve; think about what you can contribute (to your company, your customers, your marriage, your community). This is how you will achieve. Enron had an achievement-first culture; it just achieved the wrong things. Dell has a contribution-first culture; it has achieved hugely and is on the road to greatness.
Preparation. Lest you think I'm urging young people down a Mother Teresa-like path of self-sacrifice, I'm not. The task is to fit purpose and contribution into a capitalistic world. There is a crying need for prepared young people who can thrive in a realm of free-market capitalism. This great system works magnificently, but it doesn't work anything like the way it's taught in most universities. In the real world, greed is bad (because it takes your eye off customers), but profits are very good. Profits allow you to invest in the future.
Partner. If I were teaching students about entrepreneurship, I'd point out that many of the great startups of the last 30 years began as teams of two.

• Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak (Apple)

• Bob Miner and Larry Ellison (Oracle)

• Len Bosack and Sandra Lerner (Cisco)

• David Filo and Jerry Yang (Yahoo)

• Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Google)

Behind this phenomenon is a principle: Build on your strengths. To mitigate your weaknesses--and we all have them--partner up! Find your complement.

Perseverance. Young people are smarter and more sophisticated today. It's not even close. My own generation's SAT scores look like they came out of baseball's dead-ball era. But apart from the blue-collar kids who are fighting in Iraq, most American kids today are soft. That's a harsh statement, isn't it? But cultural anecdotes back it up. Kids weigh too much. Fitness is dropping. Three American high schoolers ran the mile in under four minutes in the 1960s. It's been done by one person since. Parents sue coaches when Johnny is cut from the team. Students sue for time extensions on tests. New college dorms resemble luxury hotels. College grads, unable to face the world, move back in with their parents and stay for years. Does this sound like a work force you'd send into combat against the Chinese? I don't know the answer here. But the trend is bad, and we can do better. For our kids we must do better. And this relates to the Pope how?? Well in many ways. The Popes is a generation that has gone by and is leaving us like some endangered species. His is the generation that endemically possesed these sighted rights of passage.

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