Advancing A Legacy

Giving back to your community through volunteer groups, non-profit organizations, charity or other means does so much to help those in need and contribute to the common good. At Family Wealth Legacy we are building a legacy by giving back.


By: Dan Schawbel


I spoke to Eli Manning, the quarterback for the New York Giants, about the importance of philanthropy in his career, what most people don't know about being a top athlete, the biggest mistakes he's made in his career, and his best pieces of career advice. Manning recently took part in the 14th Annual BTIG Commissions for Charity Day, which brings together celebrities, as well as stock traders, to raise money for hundreds of charities.


Manning was drafted as the first overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers and immediately traded to the New York Giants, who in return gave up a package highlighted by fourth overall selection Philip Rivers. He holds Giants franchise records for most passing yards, touchdown passes and completed passes in a career, and the NFL record for most fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a season. He led the Giants to victory in Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI, defeating the New England Patriots in both games.

Dan Schawbel: Why are you participating in Charity Day and what does philanthropy mean to you?

Eli Manning: The reason I participated in the BTIG Charity Day was because it's a wonderful opportunity to raise money for a charity that I am involved with and also bring awareness to it. The charity that I was raising money for is the Tackle Kids Cancer Initiative through Hackensack UMC. It is a pediatric cancer center that helps treat kids that have different forms of cancer and support them and also work on finding a cure for pediatric cancers.

Schawbel: Has giving back always been part of your life? Why is it so important that successful people give back to their communities?


Manning: Philanthropy has always been very important to me. I think it started in college by just giving my time to visit mostly kids that were sick and special needs kids as well. I tried to get them to smile, have a wonderful day and help lift their spirits in some way. Over the years, it has evolved. I still try to make visits to hospitals and lift spirits, but also make donations to have a greater impact and raising awareness for mostly in children’s health issues.


I think giving back in some way has always been part of my life since college and early on in my NFL career. I have added different charities that I’ve been involved with and you just see the great impact they have on people's lives. Sometimes you just try to make a child smile or help the family that's dealing with the sick child. Also, it's important to give them someone to sit and talk to. It makes me feel like I am helping out and that's a good feeling.


I think that successful people give back to their community because they have been blessed in some way, and they understand that there are people out there who are hurting and are less fortunate. You have to try to help them and see if you can give them a break or get them through those tough times.

Schawbel: What do most people not know about what it takes to be a world class athlete?


Manning: It takes a lot of work, a lot of commitment from a young age and you have to make a commitment to miss out on things that are appealing, and make sacrifice to do your job better. It might start at a high school level, missing parties on Friday and Saturday night or things going on in the spring or in the summer that you had to miss because you got playing for a basketball tournament or a baseball tournament.


You learn them, make those commitments and in the NFL, there are more opportunities. You have time off, but you still have to be committed to getting your workouts in when no one's looking. You have to miss out on fun nights, different parties and different events so that you can work out and be ready for the next season.


Schawbel: What was the biggest mistake you made in your career and what are you the most proud of?


Manning: There's always mistakes, but I try not to worry about those too much. Forget about them, move on and try not to make them again.


The thing that I am most proud of is that I'm the same person that I was when I got drafted thirteen years ago. I have tried to keep my strong work etiquette, work ethic and also, I just try to be a good person. I try to be nice to people and now, as father, I try to take those same principles and make decisions on trying to do the right thing, whatever circumstances come up.


Schawbel: What are your top pieces of career advice?


Manning: I have been very blessed where I’ve had an opportunity to find a career path that I love to do. If you can find something that you truly love to do, then give it your complete effort and your complete focus and make a commitment towards it. That's a wonderful thing!


If you decide that you want to get married, pick the right husband or wife and make that work. Be just as committed to that relationship as you are to your career path.


Many people report a “high” from volunteering, similar to the good feelings that come from exercise. Others have found that volunteering can help fight depression. Helping others can help take your mind off your own problems and enable you to see the bigger picture. Once you see the difference you can make in another person's life, your own problems can seem smaller and more manageable.

As you give back you're investing into people's lives, you are truly creating a legacy.

Here Are 7 Reasons to "Give Back": 

1. Develop new skills. 

Gaining skills, knowledge and expertise are common side effects of volunteering. Giving others your time brings you interesting and challenging opportunities that might not come along otherwise. This experience can be added to your resume and could result in a better paying job in the future.

2. Make social connections. 

Loneliness and boredom are common among retirees, students, and transplants to a new city. Volunteering can relieve this sense of social isolation and help you fill empty hours in the day.

3. Give back to your community. 

Doing something for the community you live in and returning the favor to those who have helped you are strong motivators. Everyone, rich or poor, takes from society, and volunteering is one way to show a sense of appreciation.

4. Develop and grow as a person. 

Volunteering is an excellent way to explore your likes and dislikes. If you’re interested in a new career, volunteer in the field first to see if you will actually like it. You may find a totally unrelated field is a much better fit for you, one you’d never consider if you hadn’t volunteered there first.

5. Gain a new perspective. 

Life can be hard and when you’re feeling down, your problems can seem insurmountable. Volunteering can offer a new perspective—seeing people who are worse off than you are, yet still hanging in there, can help you see your life in a whole new light.

6. Know that you're needed. 

Feeling needed and appreciated are important, and you may not get that appreciation from your paid work or home life where the things you do are expected or taken for granted. When you volunteer, you realize just how much you are truly needed. Meeting people who need your help is a strong incentive to continue—people are depending on you. If you don’t do it, who will?

7. Boost your self-esteem. 

Many volunteers experience a sense of increased self-esteem and greater self-worth. Helping others makes you feel good about yourself, because you’re doing something for someone that they couldn’t do for themselves.
Research has shown that the good feelings you experience when helping others may be just as important to your health as exercise and a healthy diet. But it’s the smile from a child or thankful person that shows you’re really making a difference in someone's life, you are leaving your fingerprints on someone's life, you're creating a legacy!


From the beginning, Family Wealth Legacy has had a passion to support, mentor and fund small businesses in other countries throughout the continent of Asia.


Our first venture is a small business in Tamilnadu India. These Indian business associates are starting the South India Tea Company. Some of our team has been traveling to India to assist in the startup. We provide finances, mentoring, business schools and keeping them accountable to their vision. We are very excited for them and look forward to teaching them how to fish (develop business) so they can feed themselves verses giving them a fish to feed themselves once.

We really believe in kick starting them financially, mentoring these businesses and releasing them to produce profit!


In true David Letterman style, here is the Top Ten List for "How to Become a Mentor"

(1) Establish reciprocal collaboration through trust 

(2) Offer a shoulder of support

(3) Share the contents of your toolbox

(4) Open the treasure chest of community resources

(5) Provide on-the-spot answers

(6) Model effective strategies

(7) Reconsider your own practice

(8) Be available over time

(9) Demonstrate professionalism

(10) Gain new ideas and enthusiasm for the job

I would also add a number 11... just give yourself away to others.


At the center of God's heart are families. Therefore we are completely supportive, both financially and with physical support in the establishment of Family Centers currently in India and in the long term, throughout Asia.


We work closely with a non-profit organization named Impact Asia. There main push is to establish businesses in Asia, Youth Explosions throughout Asia and Family Centers in India and beyond.

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