Sharma: Make a Dent in the Universe

When I met the president of Israel, Shimon Peres, I asked him what he believed the purpose of life to be. He replied without hesitation, “to find a cause that’s larger than yourself and then to give your life to it.”

What would this world of ours look like if each of us had found our cause or life’s purpose and were passionately pursuing it? There would be less hatred, fewer wars and more love. And we’d be united as one race. As Coretta Scott King said, “When you are willing to make sacrifices for a great cause, you will never be alone.”

Apple CEO Steve Jobs used to tell his people that—by showing up at their best—they would have the opportunity to “make a dent in the universe.” Jobs definitely gets it. Sure, it’s important to make a profit in business. Sure, you want your enterprise to be operationally excellent. Sure, you want high-quality products and services. And sure, you need to keep innovating and growing your brand. But isn’t having an impact in the world by helping your clients and positively influencing others what business is ultimately about?

So a gentle question from a man who wishes only the best for you: What “dent” will you make today? What cause will you pursue? What contribution will you make—at work, at home—in life?


Peter Yobo is a consultant and advisor specializing in helping leaders, business owners, and social influencers realize financial and operational improvement through organizational, process and technology change. He has consulted with companies in the Technology, Information, Communications and Entertainment sectors.

Specialties: For over 10 years, Peter has worked on numerous consulting projects related to startups, order- to-cash improvement, human capital development, business process reengineering, workflow automation, large-scale program management, and performance system development and integration.

Peter Yobo is very passionate about the Millennial workforce and works with organizations to craft visions and establish environments to engage, equip, and empower their millennial workforce to achieve success, growth, and career fulfillment.

Most recently Peter was part of a panel discussion led by Michael Fenlon, PwC Global Talent Leader, with Geena Davis, Actor and Film Producer, Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy, and Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Academy Award Nominee and Director, to examine the parallels between gender portrayals in the media and the role of women in the workplace.

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