The Act Of Giving
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Business Network International (BNI) has a famous tagline: “Givers, Gain.” This tagline is associated with its members focusing on helping other members with referrals. Round and round, every giver, in due time, gains. There is only one issue with this – the lack of true benevolence. The concept BNI has is not wrong. It is a transaction. Even Steven. Personally, I am associated with my local chapter in East Cobb, Marietta, Georgia. They are a wonderful group of people and I love joining them every Wednesday afternoon. However, if I give a referral to a fellow member, I do expect one back in some time.
On the flip side, the act of giving is focused around real, genuine, heart-felt – benevolence. Benevolence is defined as: the quality of being well meaning; kindness. How can you give without expecting a dime in return? Are you willing to do that? What will it cost you?
Giving without expecting a dime in return is a wonderful feeling. It nourishes leadership. It allows you to feel powerful – in a positive way. It tells the Universe, “I am okay and I am here to help.”
In recent times, East Cobb Upper Cervical Spine Clinics has given to the community by helping out with their small business. I grew up in a small business. I know what it is like when hard times hit. Experts project a fair amount of culinary and small “mom and pop” shops closing – permanently. Will you allow this?
Whether it is $5 or $50, or even lending your hand to help transport something, the act of benevolence connects you with the greater good.
When the community thrives – you win.