When Giving Without Receiving Becomes Taking

Denise

When Giving Without Receiving Becomes Taking

Denise
flower-22656_640This morning, Ellen Rogin, our wealthness expert, joined me on Your Caregiving Journey. You can listen to our show via the player, below.

The inspiration for today's show is a new book called Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam Grant. I've read several interviews with Grant and watched a segment with him on the Today Show yesterday. I'm fascinated by the message that giving (really, serving) gets us ahead.

In his book, Grant organizes us into three categories: Givers, matchers and takers. You can take an assessment to learn where you fit on Grant's website.

Ellen and I spoke about giving, receiving and taking. We spoke about the importance of giving and receiving, that the two work well together. During our discussion, I had an insight: When we give without receiving, we can become takers. Meaning, we may over-give to satisfy our own interests or needs, to take sympathy or pity. (Ellen offered a great impression of what we sound like when we say, "No, I'll just do it myself.") When we give and when we receive, we stay in a place of self-care, self-respect, gratitude and graciousness.

Ellen suggested that we create a giving account just as we create a savings account, earmarking a percentage of our income for both. I also suggested giving outside of your caregiving experience, by connecting with a member on our site who may need encouragement or sharing a comment on one of our blogs.

When we serve, we connect with others in significant and meaningful ways. We receive.


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