The title almost says it all and as most of us have heard the principle of reciprocity before most of us can fill in the rest. But, knowing and doing genuinely with pure intentions is a lot of times very far apart. How many of you have known an acquaintance that when they ’had’ they were givers but when they ’had not’ they were different in their actions.
This is because they did not fully buy into the principle that true givers no matter their situation will want for naught.
There are many verses in the bible that lay claim to this theory one of my favorites can be found in the 20th chapter of Acts: “Givers are blessed because they are freed from greed…” another is in Proverbs 11:25 “A generous person will prosper” and also 2 Corinthians 9:6 “ Remember this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will reap generously”. Well, that is deep isn’t it? Basically if you are going to try out this philosophy then GO FOR IT!
“You must give to get, You must sow the seed, before you can real the harvest.” Scott Reed
It is a life philosophy, really. It very much applies to our professional relationships and networking as much as it does in our personal lives. In an age where everybody is in a rush to ‘get’ what they want they go in for the ‘ask’ too early. Not saying this will not work but I can guarantee the return in your closing ratio in a rapid sell environment will be vastly reduced.
“The most successful relationships I have built are with people I do more for then they do for me. I give, give, give, then and only then occasionally ask.”
I think Zig Ziglar said it best; “You can have everything in life you want if you just help enough other people get what they want.”
BUT… you have to buy into this philosophy 100%! To achieve true results you must deploy this philosophy when your ‘luck’ is down as well as when it is up. It’s not only more effective but more rewarding. It feels much better to be a giver than a receiver when you are genuine about it. It also feels so much better to be helpful than to be indebted.
If you do not have this mindset naturally understand it takes work, focus and tremendous mindset to not go back to the “what is in it for me?” attitude. Still not sure if you want to trust this philosophy and buy into it wholeheartedly?
Ask a giver how well they live we all know them, they are the ones most people gravitate towards, do they seem distraught? Do they appear to be in need? No one has ever became poor by giving ~Anne Frank. Try this philosophy on for a week I guarantee you will not be worse off for it. Word of advice when giving remember to do it with an open heart and do not sound your trumpet calling attention to your deeds. If you have need of attention or only act with the thought of receiving your reward will not be proportionate to its potential. ~K.Kirkland