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Pay It Forward
I’ve spoken previously about assessing your current situation and
making vital decisions about the things which need to change.
In this article we’ll take the next step and look at the important
principle of creating your own abundance by giving to others at
every opportunity.
Henry Ford is famous for many insightful statements about creating
success. Today we’ll refer to a particularly relevant one which
concerns ‘giving’:
“The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see
how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give
for a dollar, is bound to succeed.”
We could discuss just how this relates to delivering products and
services to hungry markets, but I believe there’s a much more
powerful lesson to learn from this statement.
Giving is not just an action, but a mindset.
If you conduct your life from a mindset of giving, there’s an amazing
side-effect of actually receiving far more than you give. What comes
back may be in a different form than what you gave, but I believe
that by giving you are putting yourself into the ‘flow’. You’re feeding
good karma into an eternal system which has the sole purpose of
magnifying and returning your good karma back to you.
I’m not talking just about business, sales, customers etc. This
principle applies at every level of your life.
Have you heard the expression “Smile and the world smiles with
you”? Don’t wait to react to someone else’s smile - start your own
and offer it to others. Whether it’s a smile you’re giving, some
thanks to a friend (or to God), or you’re giving your best
performance for your favourite sport or hobby - the more you give,
the more you’ll receive.
As a short example, this week I was browsing one of my favourite
online forums and I noticed a posting from a young guy who was
trying to raise a couple of hundred dollars to buy a piece of software