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Do you use your talents, knowledge and passion to inspire and help others? Begin with gratitude. Reinvent yourself. Everyone can find their passion and do what they want to do. Whether it’s helping someone, inspiring people or making a difference in the lives of others, you can do it.

Be grateful for what you have. Not for the material things, but the lessons learned in life, the adversity that made you grow stronger, and the continual falls that brought you to the road of success.

I always dreamt of how I could make a difference but didn’t quite get it until I sold my business. It was then that I realized that helping children was my passion. Learning one’s purpose can come in many ways. It can often come through watching someone else suffer, your own adversity, a need for reinvention, personal growth, life experiences, motivational seminars or a lifelong passion.

I began by volunteering. This grew into an awareness about how our children are treated and why many parents fail at parenting. I soon realized why I was put on this earth and what my mission was. Now I work to keep children safe and strengthen families.

One cannot fully help others until they can help themselves. When you learn to love yourself and forgive those who you feel wronged you, it is then that you can reinvent yourself into the person you want to be. This is the time that you are so open, a time when you begin to learn what your passion is.

Working on yourself inwardly, psychologically and emotionally with honesty and integrity is when clarity begins. To keep striving and continue to learn about love, nurturing, compassion and forgiveness is key. Learning more about you and your life’s lessons opens doors that you never could have dreamed of.

If you have a true passion and commitment and constantly seek opportunities to do what you want to do, anything is possible!

Many say that setting lofty goals doesn’t work. There is nothing wrong with setting lofty goals. It makes you strive that much harder until you get to where you want to be. It takes courage to step out of the box and do what others tell you cannot be done.

Be committed to do whatever it takes and always stretch yourself. Don’t settle for anything less than what you want.

No matter how large or small, it is important to strive to be your best and share yourself so you can make a difference. And by teaching this to children, we can create a world of selfless do- gooders who create a stronger and more loving world. Making a difference is not what you give to yourself, but what you give of yourself. Do it with love, nurturing, kindness, respect, compassion, forgiveness, gratitude and most of all, your passion.

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Ross Ellis grew up with an abusive father who constantly told her that she would never amount to anything. She knew he was wrong and told herself everyday that she would be successful.

Surviving a difficult childhood, she left home to go to school in New York. After a successful career in advertising, P.R. Corporate Affairs, and owning several successful businesses, Ross wanted to do something more. Even with her many achievements, she still felt an urgency to help children. She volunteered for a child abuse prevention organization and subsequently became their Resource Development Director. But she realized there was a more critical need to protect America’s children. In
1999, Ross founded and is the Chief Executive Officer of Love Our Children USA, the national non-profit leader dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence against children.

Under Ross’ direction and vision, Love Our Children USA redefines parenting by generating safety and nurturing, and promotes positive changes in parenting and family attitudes, behaviors, and prevention strategies through public education campaigns. It works to empower and support children, parents, families and communities through information, resources and advocacy.

Having paved the way, it has become the ‘go-to’ prevention organization for all forms of violence and neglect against children in the U.S. Different from other child abuse prevention groups it fills a critical gap in violence prevention resources, concentrated parenting education, and public information on child protection – filling a critical need and urgency. Its primary programs include: Public Education, Community Outreach and Awareness, Positive Parenting Education, Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention and Internet Safety.

Each year, they assist parents in developing safe parenting practices, answer over 3,000 calls related to violence against children, and assist over 200 children in finding services, resources and assistances. Ellis recently was responsible for getting a child abuse case re-opened for a 5 year-old, was instrumental in saving five teenage girls from suicide and reported several online predators.

In 2003 and 2008, Love Our Children USA was honored by NASDAQ for their work. In 2004, Ellis created National Love Our Children Day which is celebrated across the U.S. to honor children, strengthen families and raise awareness for efforts to protect children. The day is supported annually by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and acknowledges the value of children.

Ross strongly believes that by giving children the three essential elements which are love, protection and respect, we give them the confidence they need to become strong and fit adults. And by reinforcing values of treating children with kindness and respect, nurturing their development, maintaining their self-esteem, creating a safe, non-violent world in which they can live, and reinforcing loving, healthy families, we can give all children a healthy start and stop violence against children BEFORE it starts.

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  1. Very nice inspiration Ross. I found my thing I was to do. Help, and give everyone my time, with kindness, caring, acceptance, and honesty. . I you my experience, strength, and hope, to care about humanity. My life changed about eight years ago to look at myself-acting, behaving, and emotionaly, that gave me-me. Im kind to myself. Love who I am becoming, and helping others, with love and kindness, and respect. I do a gratitude list, ever day, and gets me farther from selfcenterness, helping others. Thankyou Ross .

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