A man or woman begins to live when he or she learns to live outside himself. The only man or woman with any chance of happiness is the man or woman who finds a way to serve.

– Albert Einstein

Introducing: The Service Driven Leadership Seminar

Whether you own or partner in a professional service, lead a small business, run a major corporation or head a non-profit organization, being a service-driven leader makes good bottom line sense. This power-packed, half-day seminar will show you how.

Attendees will receive a copy of The Service Driven Leader Workbook. Donald Clinebell’s latest book, The Service Driven Leader, is available in print through the website and through Amazon.com.

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Take a journey that will change your life!

In a world filled with self-serving people all “looking out for #1”, we want to be a community of people who live differently, who live their lives in a way that matters, that makes a difference. Experience the extraordinary life you were born to live.

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Donald Clinebell

Who we are

DONALD CLINEBELL, J.D., P.B.K. is Founder and President of The Service DrivenSM Institute, whose mission is to imagine and foster a world filled with men and women living in service to others, in every part of their lives – through home and family, through vocation, and neighbor. Service driven people live outside of themselves, and thereby discover deep meaning and great joy for themselves.

Donald is a popular speaker and published author. His first book, The Service DrivenSM Life was released in January of 2013, to rave reviews and the written endorsements of many in the fields of spiritual growth and wholeness, spirituality, and theology. The book is a powerful and moving exploration of the power of service in our lives.

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The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.

—Albert Schweitzer


What if your leadership impacted not only the bottom line – but transformed lives?

What if you could “make your mark” not just on a spreadsheet, but on human hearts and minds. That kind of leadership is rare – but it’s possible!

This is a leadership seminar like no other. You’ll come away with practical and proven strategies AND find yourself challenged, moved and motivated to be the person, the leader, you’ve always hoped, even dreamed you could be.


Invite Donald Clinebell to bring service driven passion and purpose to your next event.

The following represent a sample of talks and workshops that will bring new insight, energy, and life to your next conference, luncheon, or workshop.

You can also check out these short videos to inspire your heart for service and to get a little taste of what it feels like to be inspired.



Embrace the heart of service in the way that fits you best:

Our books show life through the power of service, living the extraordinary, and service through leadership. If you want to achieve happiness and lead a successful and fulfilling life, here are some tools to help guide you though your journey.

The time to begin is now! Peace be with you…


“I live as a servant and thereby I am changed, I am renewed”.

– Mother Teresa

How it all started:

My father listened attentively, nodding gently, but did not speak. As we finished supper, we sat together in the quiet.

After supper, the gloaming turned to dark and I read to Dad from a favorite daily reader. Sleep seemed next, and I prepared to depart for the night. But as I turned to go, Dad stirred and waved at me to return to his bedside. I sat. He smiled at me and said this: “Donald, you must write that book.” He turned upon his side and he slept–a sleep he would later describe as restful and peaceful. I left, and I too spent a restful and peaceful night.

That night was the beginning of my journey not just to write a book, but to dedicate my life to inspiring others to live a life that matters, a life of service.

Our Mission

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Service isn’t an add-on to life. Instead, it’s the core and foundation of worthiness, fulfillment, meaning, empowerment and great joy. It’s what we’re made for.

The Service DrivenSM Institute was created to foster personal growth and fulfillment, to inspire men and women to be in service to and with others and to imagine and encourage men and women not to be served but to serve.

The Service DrivenSM Institute seeks to imagine and foster a world in which service comes first—a world filled with men and women living in service to others, in every part of their lives: through home and family, vocation and neighbor. A world filled with people learning to live outside themselves and thereby finding deep meaning and great joy for themselves, empowered by service to others.

The true measure of a man or woman has nothing to do with status. Life is not about prestige; it is about passion and purpose. It is about impacting the lives of others and understanding that everything you do—yes, everything—is, or can be, a vessel for service.


Why live a Service Driven life?

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

The leadership

DONALD CLINEBELL, J.D., P.B.K., is founder and president of the Service DrivenSM Institute, whose mission is to imagine and foster a world filled with men and women living in service to others, in every part of their lives—through home and family, vocation, and neighbor. Service driven people live outside of themselves and thereby discover deep meaning and great joy.

Donald is a popular speaker and published author. His first book, The Service DrivenSM Life, is a powerful, moving exploration of the power of service in our lives. It released in January of 2013 to rave reviews and the written endorsements of many in the fields of spiritual growth and wholeness, spirituality, and theology. His second book, Extraordinary Living, will be published in March, 2016.  It is a profound and moving exploration of the power of service as the common thread in all of our lives, regardless of faith or belief system.  An empowering study of the key to extraordinary living.

Donald is the founding and managing partner of The Clinebell Law Firm in San Clemente and Santa Ana, California.

In addition to his other interests, Donald is an accomplished baritone and pianist. He’s the proud father of two grown children, Brennan and Tessa.

A word about faith and spirituality:

It is important to note that the power of service is by no means limited to a Judeo-Christian belief system. Certainly, many service driven men and women are motivated to serve as an expression of their personal faith. Others are motivated to serve purely from an internal motivation that stems from no particular religion or faith-based belief system. I’ve discovered that, regardless of the motivation behind the service, the power of living a service driven life brings benefit and blessing to both the server and the one served.

Admittedly, my personal beliefs are evident throughout the text of the book I authored, The Service DrivenSM Life. However, the purpose and goal of the Service DrivenSM Institute is not to proselytize or urge everyone to believe the same way I do.

Please know that all belief systems are welcome to join, share, celebrate and contribute to the cause of seeing a world uplifted through service.

… a world filled with men and women living in service to others at home, at work, in their communities.
… a world filled with meaning, power and love, a world even John Lennon could not have imagined.

You can be of service just like Janet

Janet joined a food and toy drive in her rural hometown. She recruited nine volunteers. A child in her town who had never opened a Christmas gift did so for the very first time. A child who would otherwise have gone hungry enjoyed a holiday meal with her family.

In just one town, only 10 volunteers rallied together to collect 140 boxes of food along with 140 boxes of toys. They gave one of each to 140 families averaging four family members each. That’s 140 x 4 lives changed! In a matter of two years, the program became a model for other food and toy drives in other towns, in other states and in other countries around the globe.

Hear the story in Janet’s own words …

“I believed I was nothing, worthless. My head told me exactly that and, boy, did I believe it for years—no, for decades. In my thirties, I was divorced, childless, feeling caught in a job I hated. Caught in an existence without meaning. I was severely depressed and sometimes suicidal.

“One day, I was invited to participate in a food and toy drive for a local charity. The same invitation had been given me several years running. I had consistently said ‘no.’ For some reason, this time, I said ‘yes.’ And I got to work recruiting volunteers and organizing. We served many families.

“I saw tears in the eyes of those we served. I saw humility, gratefulness, joy in a mother and her small children in my own town—my own state and country—who did not know from where their next meal was coming. After the drive was over, I realized that I had seen something else. In those I served, I had seen the face of God—my Higher Power—and suddenly, I knew it. It scared me at first, but it also gave me the quiet comfort of a Higher Power moving in my life. In my life! Extraordinary! I was driven to agree to chair the next drive and grow the project.

“Over time, and with my God’s help, I began to learn about love and compassion for others—and for myself. As I learned, and as my thinking changed, I found myself alive with love and compassion for others, overflowing with a purpose and a joy that filled me up every day—a joy I could never have imagined!”

My friends, Janet discovered the power of service and the power of the service driven life.

 And now we’d love to hear your story. Share with us an example of how you’ve been benefited and blessed or have grown from serving someone else.

Write Donald Clinebell at: theservicedrivenlife@gmail.com. He’d love to hear from you!


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