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Do you remember the first time you shared as a child? Most parents teach their kids that if they want others to share toys with them, they must share their own. This is an important principle that we often forget as adults, and it translates into many different areas of our lives.

To give or not to give?

We often find ourselves busy with work, family and the many different demands life puts on us. As the leader of a growing company, giving was not on the top of my priority list until I understood how important it was for me to bless others so I could receive more blessings. This is the same principle I was taught as a child. By giving to others, doors would open. As a result, I would receive an immeasurable number of rewards not only personally, but professionally.

You are never too busy to give, and anything counts.

It’s so easy to get caught up with life and lose sight of giving to others. We often find ourselves going from meetings to family demands, and that desire to pass on your knowledge to others or donate your time or money just seems unattainable. How am I going to have time or money give? People get stuck in that mindset as it is much easier to focus our time and energy on the day-to-day tasks we are all busy with. Well, no amount of time or money is too little when you are giving. There are infinite causes that need your time and attention, and you can easily make giving a part of your daily life, whether you are donating money to a cause you believe in or time to others in need.

As a company, we often host free networking events, and instead of asking attendees to pay for a ticket we ask for nonperishable food items. This allows us to obtain a larger crowd because the event is free, but also gives us the opportunity to help the local community.

As a team-building exercise, you can get your team together and work a day at a soup kitchen or sponsor an event that is donating funds to a charity. This will ensure you get name and brand exposure while giving back to a good cause. There are also many organizations desperate for youth mentoring and internship opportunities, which can be very helpful when hiring the right candidate. As our company has grown, we have used many interns to help with small daily tasks and have found that training, commitment and retention among our interns has been better than with other experienced employees, and some have successfully progressed into bigger roles within the company. This is a great way to find raw talent while supporting young people. It all counts, and it all makes a difference to them — and, surprisingly, an even bigger difference to you.

Giving has a domino effect.

Have you ever given something and gotten an unexpected reward as a return? My biggest act of giving to date was a scholarship fund I created for my alma mater, where I received my bachelor’s degree through the help of a donor who awarded me a scholarship. Because this was so integral to my achievement, I wanted to do the same and give back. Little did I know that the effects of that gesture would change the way I see the world.

Giving opens many doors. By selflessly giving your time or money, it comes back to you 10 times over. People pay attention to those who give, and they’re more likely to engage or give back to you or to follow suit and give back to others. After my act of giving, I was given the opportunity to know more about my scholarship donor. He went from being born into a middle-class family to selling his first company for over $60 million in his early 40s. He has found that the act of giving has played a huge part in attracting positivity into his life, and as a result, he is a very active giver. His generosity translated into my act of giving, which has brought me so much good and transformed me as a leader.

Giving is good for business and connections.

Successful leaders look to work with others who are passionate about different causes and their community. Being a business owner or leader means that your peers are often watching you and noticing what kind of difference you are making. People tend to refer business to people they trust and believe will take good care of their family and friends. By giving, you are letting the world know that you care and that you are sharing your wealth and blessings with others. This is crucial to growth and success. Sharing and giving back to the community that is supporting you is the greatest reward any business owner or leader can receive.

July 9, 2019 at 08:06AM
https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesbostoncouncil/2019/07/09/giving-back-is-good-for-business/
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