“He who holds on tenaciously to that which is in his possession because he does not want to be cheated has already cheated and robbed himself like a bandit on the highway”

-Akintola Samuel


It is in giving that we receive. It is in releasing that which is in our possession that we increase our possessions. We give up to go up. The greatest disservice you can do to yourself is to be stingy. Give and it shall be given to you. But the converse is also true. Don’t give and it will not be given to you. It’s that simple. Every successful person I know including those I’ve read about are all givers. If success is your life pursuit and desire, one of your top strategies must be giving. Giving should be your lifestyle. Giving is not a religious principle it is the principle of life. It is called the Law of Sowing and Reaping, the Law of Karma, the Law of Seed time and Harvest and the Iron Law of Human Destiny.

Giving procures favor for you from men and divinity. Saint Paul said “You will not likely go wrong if you keep remembering that our Master said, ‘You are far happier giving than getting.’” George Soros, Chairman of Soros Fund Management gave away over $8 billion to human rights, public health and education causes between 1979 and 2011. Miracles happen when you give. William H. George, while he was Chairman and CEO of Medtronic revealed to a Minneapolis conference on philanthropy how his company had committed to giving 2% of their pretax profits. Although these amounted to $1.5 million in the beginning, the company’s 11-year growth streak of 23% per year enabled them to boost their giving to $17 million in 1 year alone.

Bill Gates, Chairman of Microsoft gave a $7 billion grant to the United Nations in 2005.  It is not because these people are rich and successful that they give, it is because they give that they become rich and successful. Robert Kiyosaki, author of the Rich Dad books said one of the greatest lessons he learnt from his rich dad was the necessity of being a giver. His real but poor dad usually said he’d give when he had some extra money but there was rarely any extra. On the other hand his rich dad told him “If you want something, you first need to give”. When he was short of money, he simply would give the little he had left, to his church or favorite charity. In my years of observing the rich and poor, I’ve come to realize the poor are greedier than the rich.

Poor and unsuccessful people are like the proverbial guy sitting with firewood in his arms on a cold freezing night, and yelling at the pot-bellied stove, “When you give me some heat, then I’ll put some wood in.” They hold on tenaciously to the ‘peanuts’ they have and that is exactly why they remain poor. The moment poor people hear anyone talking about money and how to give it away they raise up their mental defenses believing such individuals have come to rob them of their means of livelihood.  The dumbest thing poor people do is criticizing the rich and successful instead of learning from them. Give what you want first and it will come back to you in droves. Don’t wait for people to give you things, rather be the one giving.

Be a distribution center. Only givers receive, while receivers remain perpetually at the mercy of the givers. The reason the African continent is underdeveloped is because its leaders are always expecting aids from developed countries and for as long as that continues, Africa will not become a developed continent. For God so loved the world that he gave; not took. Be an addicted giver. According to Albert Einstein, “The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.” Give to your church, boss, leaders, mentors and charities. God does not need to receive; it is humans who need to give.

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