In the great book The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann, they present a case of a powerful business idea- the principle of giving back.
In April of 2009, our company outlined a commitment to give back a percentage of our revenues to those in need. Since then, we have assisted many causes and organizations that bring relief to the suffering; not only in significant financial aid, but also in service.
What has happened since has not only healed the hearts and souls of those in need, it has greatly effected our hearts as well. There has been established an increased sense of community in our organization, which I believe is a direct result of these commitments and practices.
In their book they summarize these points:
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.
The principles of giving back are no doubt founded by universal laws and resident in the lives of those who live them. I would like to simply say that for our little company, what we have learned in this endeavor has enlivened our souls, knit us closer together and humbled us in the process.
When we witness such challenges in the world as we have seen in “Haiti” and circumstances like unto it, how can we not feel a deep yearning to assist those who did not invite this tragedy to their lives? But then for the grace of God, go we. May we always be humble enough to recognize our duty and be found in the act of giving.