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A Case For Serving Serving others It doesnt come naturally We are bent in the opposite direction Instead of having a fine-tuned radar directed outward toward other peoples needs we are usually focused on ourselves We are skilled at arranging information opportunities and even relationships around a self-centered grid What is in it for me is the single criteria Alfred Nobel left most of his fortune in a trust Since 1901 the Nobel Foundation has been awarding annual prizes to those individuals who have marked our globe with an exceptional humanitarian effort Nobel was born into a family of inventors and early entrepreneurs His family had been manufacturing nitroglycerin when an explosion in 1864 killed five people including Alfreds younger brother Emil Searching for a safer way to handle nitroglycerin Nobel worked tirelessly until he invented a way to pack the explosives into another material which greatly reduced its instability In 1867 thirty-four-year-old Alfred Nobel patented and introduced dynamite to the world Of his 355 patents dynamite would be his most famous and by far his most lucrative The discovery of dynamite would become the funding backbone for the Nobel Prizes The average prize has grown from about 30000 to about 825000 in 1993 The list of recipients reveals impressive discoveries and advancements around the world These are but a selected few representing the Nobel Peace Prize Every year since 1901 exceptional service towards humankind has been recognized and awarded However the undeniable common thread woven through each and every recipient has been that none had the primary goal to win the Nobel Prize or to receive worldwide fame or a huge cash payment Their motivation was to help care for and serve others not themselves- pure and untarnished interest in other people The word servant is a rich biblical concept that conveys the idea of working for and in the direction of someone else There are well over a thousand references to servant
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