Be a Giver not a Taker

Be a Giver not a Taker

My personal & business mantra for the New Year!

Be a Giver

Be a Giver not a Taker!

At the end of every year, I spend time the end of December to evaluate the year prior. It’s a time to reflect on priorities, missed opportunities and those that await. What I realized this past year is that I want to BE A GIVER not a taker.

By default, I am an optimist. The glass is always half full and often reminds me to keep filling it up one way or another.

In life, we find there are always more takers than givers. What took me many years to realize was that it comes down to each individual in how one participates in this economy. I prefer to be a giver.

Being a giver is who I am – I’m “a giver not a taker” – ripped from Rodney Dangerfield. If there’s something worth “taking” (I’ll call this receiving as it more suitable for this piece), then I will not turn it away. It’s got to meet a worth test. If there’s a form of actual worth associated with it, it likely will be received. What that means is we must have open hands ready to receive these gifts. If you have clinched fists, then you’re not ready to receive.

What I mean by giving does not always come down to giving money. You give with your time. You give with your thoughts. You give by encouraging others – like a simple text message to someone who needs some encouragement. You give by being who you are and sometimes it needs an alignment.

In business, I believe giving is crucial to driving sales, developing new products & solutions and growing your business. There’s never an overnight success that wasn’t backed up by the right stuff – the right… idea, product, solutions… In other words, it often requires countless effort to develop & create the right fit and when that’s done, it will be judged on what it offers others.

If your business can solve a problem, you’re giving your customer a gift. You may be helping them save money, time or both. Often you think of giving as generosity, charity or philanthropy but keep expanding your definition. It could help generate new revenue as you solve the age old problem of increasing YOY (year over year) sales. As a team manager, give attention to your reports. Give your customer’s a voice. Give your team a way to contribute new ideas. Give your employees a raise or bonus if they deserve one (that one is inspired by the movie Christmas Vacation).

For me, I will be sure to give myself the ability to listen more by being quiet and asking others how they are doing, time to rest and spend time with God and to give myself the opportunity to explore new opportunities. I know I tend to give… a lot. So I also need to receive the gift of slowing down and resetting priorities.

The main goal is to be sincere. Don’t be a taker in disguise. Don’t promise something you don’t plan to do. Back it up and be genuine. Real givers are not seen by their appearance but by their character.

Remember the Golden Rule:
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matthew 7:12)

If you practice it, you too will realize it’s more blessed to give than receive (Acts 20:35).

My mantra for the year ahead is simple: BE A GIVER not a taker!!!
(Hope it becomes yours too).

If you still don’t want to be a giver or see it as weakness, here’s some additional research I found that shows it’s better to give than receive:

Givers vs. Takers: The Surprising Truth about Who Gets Ahead

Another Read:

It’s Better To Give Than To Receive At Work

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