Oct 31, 2011

Why Is Work Important?

About This Video

Doug Barr, the CEO of Goodwill Southern California, recently spoke with us about why work is important as part of our new video series "60 Seconds to Significance." Barr lists work as one of the top three most important parts of life, behind a strong faith and healthy relationships. Watch the short video, and let us know in the comments: Why do you think work is important?

Doug Barr: It's been our experience at Goodwill that work transforms lives. If I had to think of, in order of priority, what transforms lives most, first would be a faith, second would be doing something for a significant other, someone you love, someone you care about. The third thing would be work. 

People come to Goodwill out of work. Their self esteem is down about this low. Their spouse is upset. Their kids don't respect their parents because everyone else's dad is working. And we find that through giving them education, increasing their training skills, we can in fact increase their self-esteem. They're more confident when they go to a job interview, and as a result when they get the job. Now they're a producing member of society.

It's just the most transformative thing, outside of those other two I mentioned, that we can do.

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