“It’s essential to be a visionary, but turning dreams into reality shows your excellence.”
Meet Mr. Martin Rutte, the founder of project HEAVEN ON EARTH, a dynamic international speaker, a management consultant and author. He is also the president of Livelihood, a consulting firm, at Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA; that explores the deeper meaning of the work and its contribution to society , providing services that includes strategic visions, corporate spirit, performance management, and creative leadership.
Perhaps best known as the co-author of the New York Times bestseller “Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work” translated into over 20 languages, with over 1.1 million copies, Martin was born in Hamilton, Canada. He has worked with various organizations such as The World Bank, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Southern California Edison, Virgin Records, Esso Petroleum and London Life Insurance , helping them to discover their underlying potential and expand their outlook. Martin’s latest book ”Project heaven on earth : the simple questions that will help you change the world….easily” showcases what it means to be a human and what humanity is.
He was the first Canadian to address the corporate leadership and ethics forum of the Harvard business school for four consecutive years as a keynote speaker. His work on spirituality in the workplace was featured in an address he gave to the World Bank, which was shown in part on the ABC-TV special, Creativity: Touching the Divine. Martin has served as a board member of Money Concepts Canada, Global Family, the Hunger project Canada and as a committee member of the Canadian Cancer Society. Martin is also a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and was a recipient of the ‘Excellence in Leadership’ award. He has been happily married to Maida for over 45 years.
What is at the core of humanity?
Deep down, our core demands a better world that works and has no sufferings. It wants us to live in peace and harmony where we have equal opportunities to fulfil our full potential.
What is joy according to you?
I believe that real joy lies in a deep sense that your soul is doing what it was sent here to do.
How to seek peace? Is it the place or the person??
It is first the person, inside whom dwells the sacred peace and then it’s the place which we have to reform for serenity to develop, grow and multiply.
Do you think humans take nature for granted?
Since so long humans have been exploiting nature and have taken it for granted .Human race has been very reluctant to accept the fact that it has been too many years, they have been deploiting and disrespecting “MOTHER” Nature and now…….she’s saying “ENOUGH”, now times have come that we need to restore her, conserve her, and heal her; that’s what is the duty of every son towards his mother and now it should be our utmost priority to help her regenerate, and until we pledge to do so and realize or feel it, it will not be possible to build heaven on earth.
How can a person handle grief according to you?
Nowadays every single individual is a victim of some or the other form of depression.;as both illness and grief never knocks your door before its arrival. The key to handle grief is to experience it out completely in the moment, let it out, let yourself feel it, cry it out at the very moment and then give time to relax. It is equally important to have a loving circle, a supportive and caring family so that there’s a constant flow of positivity and happiness. Though you are in a great pain for a moment but never to forget the fact that the way you are experiencing it is right for you.
Dreams are the source of inspiration. Do you believe in it??
I believe that if you can dream it you can do it. Once you discover your dream and commit yourself to it, take simple easy steps every day towards making it real. You will reach your destination undoubtedly. To do is the key, do things that are simpler and slowly you’ll discover an inexhaustible source of energy and guidance, supporting and helping you.
A thought for the day. (this is a saying that came into my head about 30 years ago) “You have to do it by yourself, And you can’t do it alone.”
Message for the today's generation
Discover your purpose and live it. Surround yourself with people who support you with all their heart and watch your back all the time,who support the full expression of your dream. Be responsible for all of it, and then you can do it, you can achieve it…..!!
How can people connect with “Heaven on Earth”?
Answer the 3 Heaven on Earth Questions:
1. Recall a time when you experienced heaven on earth. What was happening?
2. Imagine you have a magic wand and with it you can create heaven on earth. What is heaven on earth for you?
3. What simple steps would you take to make heaven on earth?
Answer these questions to yourself and ask your family and friends the same three questions.
Everyday do something to make heaven on earth real.
This is to inculcate in all of us a sense of responsibility towards our surroundings, nature, our planet earth!! The day we realize that its only us who can make this world truly a paradise, we have already started our journey.
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