Almost 15 years ago, I came across Nathaniel Branden’s ‘Six Pillars Of Self-Esteem,’ while reading ‘Love,’ by bell hooks. Understanding through Bell about the importance of ‘taking self-esteem seriously,’ I integrated Branden’s book and concepts into our curriculum.
One of the most important pillars of self-esteem according to Branden, is ‘Purpose.’ To live purposefully, Branden explains, “is to use our powers for the attainment of goals. It is our goals that lead us forward, that call on the exercise of our faculties, that energize our existence.”
urban university has chosen to use its power to improve the social and economic status of impoverished individuals. The ‘big goal,’ behind our Single Moms at Work Program is to create a sustainable ecosystem that includes enterprise, housing and supportive services for single mothers departing from poverty. This goal energizes us as we move through challenges, find resources, build new partners, strategize, think and act on big ideas.
But when we peel back everything, our purpose is to touch lives. Not only the lives of our moms, but the lives of their children. In actuality, we are touching the lives of families.
And this, we take very seriously.