Perspective

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Perspective

Seth Godin shared with me this thought, and I wanted to pass it on:

“Luxury goods are only consumed when we’ve got enough. You shouldn’t go shopping for a Birkin bag with your last dollar.

It’s easy to believe that kindness is like that. We need more reserves, perhaps, before we can expend some of what we have in this generous way.

You’ve had a hard day, it’s raining out, the world is changing, your boss is mean to you, the checking account is overdrawn, you’re on deadline…

But… Does every need have to be filled, every emotion in place before we’re capable of being kind?

Do we have to have enough money, enough confidence about the future, and enough of everything else we crave before we can find the space to offer someone else a hand?

It turns out that the opposite is true. That kindness is a foundation for the rest. Investing time and resources in extending ourselves shifts the rest of our needs in precisely the right direction, not only putting us closer to satisfying those other needs, but allowing us to enjoy the journey as well.

Kindness rewards the giver as well.”

Quotes from the event:

  • “When it rains it pours. Maybe the art of life is to convert tough times to great experiences: we can choose to hate the rain or to dance in it.” Joan Marques
  • “It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.” George Eliot
  • “While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.” Dorothea Lange

So applying this to your networking experience, How do you (or would you) view your GIVENT Membership? A lot is left on the table if GIVENT is only for Business Development. What if we viewed our networking group as the place to come to leverage insights and additional perspective from trusted friends and experts?  How would the value of your networking group change for you?

Conclusion:

“If you want to make minor changes in your life, work on your behavior. But if you want to make significant, quantum changes, work on your paradigms.” Stephen Covey

 

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The video segments we shared at the November Event are in their entirety below: