BEING or FINDING? Which is More Important? by Lauren Schieffer, Business Speaker

Recently, during a conversation at a networking event I was asked, “What is more important – being significant, or finding significance?”

Well, the answer is… both.

As I’ve mentioned before, being significant involves how many lives you touch and the positive impact you have on those lives. You can’t BE significant until you discover (find) your own unique significance. Each of us is imbued with a unique significance, and until you discover, define and own that significance, you can’t impact the world around you.

Furthermore, you can’t be significant if others don’t feel respected in your presence. I have discovered that disrespectful behaviors most generally arise out of an insecurity of some sort, and insecurity is a principle result of not understanding your own significance. So it’s cyclical – which why I approach the subject from both sides.

It is so important to understand our own significance, so we can treat each other with respect and transcend mere success to achieve true significance.

Now, this level of significance is not something achieved through a multi-step, “quick-fix” system. It’s an on-going growth process that requires conscious, High Road decisions every day.

As always, I am wishing you the very best in all things.

High Road Regards,


About Lauren Schieffer

Lauren Ann Schieffer grew up military, in an Air Force family, “hitting the road” to a new station every couple of years. This imbued her with incredible people skills, a profound in-dependence and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances.

Lauren’s professional path began behind a receptionist desk at a moving company. Thankful for the work but not satisfied with the growth potential, she built an independent business with the world’s leading cosmetic company where she rose to the top two percent of the company’s management force while recruiting, mentoring and inspiring countless women to create their own version of success.

Unfortunately, she has also walked some very dark and scary roads in her lifetime. She has waged battle with and recovered from eating disorders. In addition, Lauren has survived not one, but two sexual assaults. Lauren’s life journey has brought her to the conclusion that what happens to you in your life is not as important as how you choose to respond to what happens to you in your life.

Now, as a recognized expert on respectful conflict management, and the driving force be-hind High Road communication, Lauren has inspired tens of thousands of people nation-ally and internationally to shake off mediocrity and aspire to excellence and personal influence.

Lauren’s book, Road Signs on the High Road of Life has been listed by LifeStyles Magazine in their top ten Best-of for Corporate Gift Giving and is recommended by multiple treatment facilities across the country as a “must-read” for those in recovery.

Lauren leads by example because she simply refuses to place limits on herself. She shows others how to expand their comfort zones to achieve personal and professional fulfillment. She has a passion for guiding others – women, men, executives, managers, employees and entrepreneurs alike – in their quest to pass through good and grasp great; to pass beyond survival and into triumph.

She also makes sure to have some fun along the way – because if you can’t have a little fun along the road, why travel it at all?

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