‘Merit’ as a verb

By Jim Hayhurst Sr.

“Merit is the summation of a selfless act of doing something good, just because it should be done.”


No one who seeks it should receive it.

No one who receives it will think it is worthwhile, because they just responded innately.

Perhaps “merit” should only be a Verb, not a Noun.

It reflects an Attitude of True Community Awareness and an innate response to an opportunity to contribute.

Jim Hayhurst Sr. (UCC ’59) is an internationally recognized inspirational speaker who has helped thousands to unlock their career and life potential. For more than fifteen years, Jim owned and ran one of Canada’s largest advertising agencies, which he sold to Saatchi & Saatchi in 1985. Since then, his career centre and corporate consulting group have helped thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations around the world define and achieve success.

Jim’s first book, The Right Mountain: Lessons from Everest on the Real Meaning of Success, was the product of his 1988 Mount Everest climb. The book is now available in seven languages and was a bestseller around the world. Jim is incredibly passionate about helping people find fulfillment and success in their lives. In 1992, he co-founded Trails Youth Initiatives, a program for youth-at-risk, now a fully-accredited four-year program and school located north of Toronto from which over 2,000 youth have graduated.

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