Be a Go-Giver…
Flying sucks, right? Well today It didn’t. This Wednesday started with a quick flight to JFK airport and a long lay over on the way to spring break, which left a lot of time for me to really sink into a book I have not been able to put down. The book brings an incredibly powerful story of a young man named Joe, but it also couples some of the principles that led these two college students to start the very company whose website you are reading this blog on.
The book focuses on the story of a man who is incredibly driven, as hardworking as it comes and deserving of every good fortune that he may receive, yet he is lost. Throughout the beginning of the novel the man named Joe is desperate to land a key sale after a very bad quarter. To increase his motivation, he seeks advice from one of the legendary consultants of his company. This man introduces him to a series of different business professionals ranging from a CEO of a fortune 500 to a Restaurant owner, they’re know as the “Go-Givers” . They teach him the five laws of straspheric success, something I think all of us can get behind;
The Law of Value
Your true worth is determined by
how much more you give in value than you take in payment.
The Law of Compensation
Your income is determined by
how many people you serve and how well you serve them.
The Law of Influence
Your influence is determined by
how abundantly you place other people’s interests first.
The Law of Authenticity
The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself.
The Law of Receptivity
The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.
When reading as well as learning these five laws, one really stuck out to me, The Law of Value. This stands out because in this era a lot of people are judged more by the number of zeroes in their bank account and less on what they bring to the table. By the table I am referring to the metaphoric table of life that we all have a seat at. There are many people who may be poor in monetary possessions, yet rich in value that they bring to other people’s life. This comes in the forms of friendship, leadership, mentorship and the many more canvases that they may write their life’s legacy on. In our lives we make a living by what we get but we go on to make a life by what we give to others around us. This book went on to shift the business world in very positive ways as it caused an incredible shift from the focus on getting to giving.
THE ESSENCE OF THE GO-GIVER PHILOSOPHY IS THIS:
THE MORE YOU GIVE, THE MORE YOU HAVE.
The point of this book review and brief insight to some of my favorite life lessons is, well I’m stuck at an airport, but more importantly because some people don’t hear these positive words as often as they should be spoken.
Your worth is what you give and not what you take. Your income shouldn’t be based off of dollar signs. Give often and don’t be afraid to receive. Your influence is rated on how often you put others interest first .....And lastly, the most valuable gift you have to bring to this table I won’t stop talking about, is yourself.
Be a go-giver not a go-getter. Be kind.