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Thursday, 16 February, 2017 - 10:40 am

Are you doing something only you can do?

What are you good at? What is the best use of your talents? If your occupation involves the use of your talents and you are passionate about it, you will be more satisfied and more successful.  If you do not say no, then your "yes" is not a yes. To be successful, you need to be able to say no/yes when it is appropriate as well as delegate as necessary.

To do this, one needs to know what their mission and goal are and focus on them with laser-like focus!

This was the advice Yisro gave to his son in law Moshe: There are things that only you as a leader can do! As a leader, you need to focus on the things that are uniquely yours to do. YOUR sole job is to be the leader and inspire others.

WhatsApp Image 2017-02-15 at 10.02.25 AM.jpegLast week, my uncle Shlomo Schwartz (originally from Baltimore) passed away at the age of 71.

The message in this email is inspired by the way my uncle lived his life. Schwartzie was always focused on things that only he was able to do, he focused on his mission and used his talents to the utmost to inspire all, in his unique way, to serve G-d and do practical Torah and mitzvot.

P.S. Here is a little about my uncle that I wrote up. You can google his name to see all the excellent work he has done in establishing the Chai Center in Los Angeles.

My uncle Shlomo Schwartz, best known as Schwartzie, was a Rabbi, the most unconventional Rabbi you can meet. He loved others like no one else yet was not one who minced words, he said what needed to be said in a clear voice. He would tell the young and young at heart Jews that they needed to marry Jewish, even though it is not politically correctHe would cross the aisle learning Tanya with Rabbis of prominent Reform synagogues. He would carry spiritual conversations on Venice Beach while sporting tie-dye t-shirts and looney toons ties. Simultaneously, Schwartzie was a Torah observant Jew, a true Chassid and Shliach and learned Chassidus (Chassidic Philosophy) on a regular basis

Schwartzie focused on loving his fellow and inspiring them to grow in their practical application of Judaism.

While he lived in Los Angeles, Safed, Israel (the city of mystics) was the place where he felt at home. He would spend his summers, on the porch at the Ascent Institute, studying and teaching as a scholar in residence. Although most of his life Schwartzie lived in LA, hanging out with the big stars on the Hollywood scene, he felt like he was in exile. Still, he continued to do what he needed to do; inspiring people to turn Hollywood into Holy wood.

Schwartzie was buried in Safed and leaves behind his wife Olivia and 12 beautiful children who carry on his legacy!

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