Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s better to give than to receive”? Who made that statement, and why do they think it really is better to give more? How can we be better people and have better career success by giving more help?
In the Bible, the Apostle Paul wrote a letter to some of the Ephesians when he told them to continue working hard so that they were not dependent on others to provide for them. While encouraging them, he told them to give more than to expect gifts from others.
Why would Paul tell other leaders that and why should we consider how to give more help today?
Let’s discuss several reasons I think we should give more help in order to be more balanced and live an abundant life.
Reason #1: Giving places the focus on the recipient.
I don’t know what it’s like in other countries, but here in the United States, we celebrate just about everything – birthdays, holidays, graduations, jobs, independence, etc. You name it, we probably have a day on the calendar to celebrate!
And you know what happens at every celebration? People give gifts! It may be a physical gift that comes wrapped in bright colors or it could be a gift of time and fellowship.
No matter what type of gift is given, the thought is always placed on the recipient. What does that person need or want? What would make them feel special?
Too often in normal business and life, we focus so much on what we are trying to create that we forget about who we are trying to create products or services for – a customer! Put yourself in your customer, friend, or coworker’s shoes. What is it that would just knock their socks off?
Reason #2: Giving brings you more than you had.
Wait, if I’m giving something to another, how can it bring me more than I had? If you want to have more, you have to give more help to others!
There is no shortcut to getting the things in life that you want if you cannot help others get what they want.
The paradox of life is the more you give, the more you get. You find your life by losing it. You win by losing. – Jeff Goins
I really can’t tell you why this principle works, but believe me, it does. Let’s pretend you have a wonderful cupcake bakery business, and you are trying to increase sales. You could just increase the price of each cupcake, right? But doing so may cause some customers to not choose you for their next birthday party.
What if you decided instead to give more help to increase sales? What do you mean, Johnny? Here’s what I mean. What if you ran a special for the next week that gave customers a discount if they ordered more than normal? Odds are, you may get more customers who order because they know they are getting more.
And it doesn’t stop there. Customers who feel good about the discount they got will generally come back and buy again and even refer friends to your business!
So, you give more help by offering a discount, and in due time, you will get more than you previously had. Pretty cool!
Reason #3: Giving reminds you of who you are.
I’ve heard it said that more money only makes a person more of what they were when they had less money. In other words, if you are a stingy now, just because you get more doesn’t mean you won’t still be stingy.
Would you ever consider giving away half of everything you own? That’s what one author encourages her audience to do.
Give away 50% of your stuff so you discover that you are not your stuff. – Courtney Carver
Being able to part with those services, products, or just items that you think completely define you allows to you go back to who you are.
I love helping people dig into their personality types and discover who they really are.
Your personality is your foundation, so if your “stuff” is getting in the way, considering giving it away to someone who really needs it. It will help to begin a cleansing process that leads you back to your purpose.
So, give more help today. You don’t have to complete a 10 step program or make your next business idea complicated. Keep it focused on how you can go above and beyond for others, and you will succeed.
And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ – Acts 20:35 NLT