Chapter 4Balancing the Circle

A circular scheme for factors that determine success: Purpose, Independence, Power, and Humility.

Jorge Munoz arrived in America as an illegal immigrant in the early '80s. He became a citizen in 1987. One evening as he left a bar he noticed all the destitute and illegal day laborers and the flame in his heart was lit. He found out that most of the men sleep under a bridge or in the Elmhurst Hospital's emergency room and skimped on meals in order to send money to their loved ones at home. Since then, he has been cooking enough food to feed dozens of day laborers in Queens, which he delivers at the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 73rd Street in Jackson Heights every evening at 11:30. Jorge delivers the warm, cooked meals in rain, snow, thunder and lightning. He estimates that he has served food to more than 70,000 people since 2004. The whole operation is financed from the $600 he receives weekly for driving a school bus and whatever he secures in donations. On August 4, 2010, Jorge was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Barack Obama.

—Gerber (2013)

We believe Jorge Munoz is a great man. He may not be the wealthiest man on earth nor someone about whom a biography will be written. But his life is amazingly satisfying and rewarding. He sees life differently than do ordinary people. Even though he is not by any means a rich man, he doesn't obsess about his need for more money. He sees his money as a “trust,” a resource given ...

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