Success is often a relative term, one with its defining traits in constant debate. Some say financial security is the hallmark of success. Others, the happiness derived from a particular career. In the case of Adam Milstein, a Jewish philanthropist, success is defined by the intersection of the two.
An article Milstein penned on the HuffingtonPost describes how he manages philanthropy- a day dream for most- as a lucrative, full-time career. The first step is a simple one, but one that many forget entirely; to have a sincere love for the job. According to Milstein, philanthropy shouldn’t even feel like work for those who are committed. The article shares some practical information as well, stating that one of the most important aspects of a successful philanthropist is to apply oneself strategically. By looking for synergies and like-minded individuals wherever possible, one can maximize the effectiveness of their humanitarian endeavors. Lastly, Milstein states the importance of having a hands-on role in his undertakings. A successful philanthropist will do more than hand out wads of cash and move on to the next project. By using one’s acquired skills and expertise, projects can be done in a fraction of the time.
In another article posted on www.jpost.com, Adam Milstein is revealed to be one of the fifty most influential Jewish persons on the planet. As co-founder of the Israeli-American Council, Milstein’s philanthropic efforts are aimed at improving relations between the two nations. Since inception, the Council has grown to be active in twenty-seven different states. Furthermore, the article describes how Adam Milstein sits on the board of several different organization. Among them are StandWithUs, Israel on Campus Coalition, and Hasbara Fellowships.
Even with all these accomplishments, Milstein considers his work a blessing. While success is certainly relative, Adam Milstein’s effect on the world is anything but- whether it be in business or philanthropy.