Iam ready to pop the champagne! It’s my day! If you have been following me, you know I’m kind of humble, right? It’s not always about me. That explains why my photos are plastered everywhere on my marketing materials, books and web sites. LOL!

Well, according to the branding experts, I’m the product. My face should be on everything including my forehead.  Just kidding!

Anyway, I’d like to brag a little. Today (November 17, 2008) is a special day for me. It’s the day that has been declared as “The Rene Godefroy Day” in the city of Smyrna, GA!

Yep, on September 27, 1999, the major of Smyrna, GA, Max Bacon, issued the proclamation. The occasion was my 10th year anniversary as a US citizen. Thanks to a wonderful man by the name of Harold Smith who is a former mayor of the city. He lobbied on my behalf to make it happen.

I‘d like to say I’m the first African American to receive such an honor in Smyrna. But I’m really a Haitian American. Well, how about the first black person? Oops! That would make me politically incorrect. It’s kind of confusing, isn’t it?

Later, I received a golden key to the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. My good friend Marvin Dejean made that happen.

What did I do for such honors? Uh… Nothing. I just focused on making an impact. I spoke at many high schools and civic clubs in the city. I made an impact.

Now, I didn’t want to make this just about me.

Here’s the lesson here for you. Success has four phases: Value, impact, feeling, and money. People who are making money are making an impact and making people feel good as well. Big impact equals big money.

Most people get it wrong just like I did. They focus on making money instead of making an impact. The key is to lose ourselves in serving others and the money will follow.

The question you should ask yourself everyday is this: “How big of an impact am I making?” You see, money is a by-product of impact. And it’s directly related to the value we bring to the table.

Simply put, value creates feelings. Feelings create impact. And impact creates money.

Make an impact at work on your boss or co-workers by increasing the value you bring. Do the same for your family members and friends. If you own your business, you even have a greater opportunity to add value and create an impact.

Most entrepreneurs spend enormous amount of time on creating sleek marketing materials to look good instead of thinking ways to give their clients or customers something of value that can make impact. Do you see what I mean? Great!

Now, grab a piece of paper and a pen. Write down what more you can offer to your boss, family members, friends, or customers in order to make a greater impact. Give it away to them without any expectations.

I wanted to share this with you because so many people write and email me to ask about how to achieve success.

The reality is success means different things to different people. Whatever it means to you, you can achieve it if you set out to make a big impact.

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