In 2011 and 2012, Shari Arison was ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the World’s Most Powerful Women, positioning her as a force for good in business and philanthropy. She was also ranked second on Forbes’s list of World’s Greenest Billionaires. She discusses her latest book, Activate Your Goodness: Transforming the World Through Doing Good. Her passionate vision is simple: Doing good. It’s based on the belief that by doing good, thinking good, and consciously choosing to use positive words, feelings, and actions every day, each of us can enhance the goodness in our world. She started an annual day of service called Good Deeds Day,which is now celebrated around the world. Shari begins by talking about why she is so passionate about her professional and personal goal of thinking good, speaking good and being good. She has found that it’s a good business practice as well as being good for the world. People want to “see good and do good themselves.” Doing good for yourself, your family, community, and the planet enables us to find more depth and meaning in our lives. She shares inspiring examples of how people from different backgrounds and cultures, including Jews and Arabs in Israel, join together to do good for their community and country.
Shari believes that when we listen to our inner voice, we discover that we are on the exact path for what we are meant to do. She also has found that what we put your focus on grows, so we must focus on abundance not scarcity. One of her many philanthropic efforts does this by managing water efficiency in various countries around the world.
Shari also believes one of the best things we can do is to listen to others, in addition to listening to our own inner voice. Her advice to young people is to be kind to yourself and to others and to find your passion. Her passion for helping people and the planet is fueled by her gratitude for the created world. For more information, please visit www.shariarison.com or www.good-deeds-day.org.