You’ve heard that it pays to give, haven’t you?
You’ve heard about tithing as a way to give thanks for what you have and to begin to attract more of what you want, correct?
You’ve heard the stories of famous millionaires and billionaires who give away staggering amounts of money, right?
Well, do YOU give?
Do you give ten percent of your income to the people and places that inspire you, nurture you, and keep you balanced?
I know because I was just like you.
I heard all the stories about giving as a way to receive.
I heard all the teachers and preachers tell me to give more and give often.
But I was “too smart” for that.
I “knew” it was all a scam to get my money.
But one day I awakened to a harsh insight:
The longer I stubbornly refused to give, the longer I remained in struggle.
“No one has ever become poor by giving.” ― Anne Frank
When I finally realized that if I can’t give a dollar out of my last ten bucks today, then I won’t be able to give a hundred thousand dollars out of my first million tomorrow.
It’s a form of self-sabotage to think otherwise.
People who convince themselves that they’ll give later, when they have more money and can “afford it,” are deceiving and deluding themselves.
It all begins now.
Today I give away everything from books to guitars to cars to cash.
You might think I do it because I’m wealthy.
But I started doing it when I was working a job I didn’t like, getting paid just above minimum wage, and had stacks of bills just like you.
I started giving with what I could give.
As I gave, and prospered, I let my giving reflect my receiving.
And the more I gave, the more I received.
Today wealthy people – and not so wealthy people – are giving.
The big mistake most people make in giving is waiting.
The second big mistake they make is in where to give.
Here’s my thought on the matter:
You have some money.
Take ten percent of it and give it away.
Don’t wait till you have more, as you are missing the prosperity of right now.
Give it to whoever or whatever gave you spiritual nourishment this past week.
That could be anyone or anything, from an Uber driver to a neighbor to a complete stranger who smiled and turned your day around.
But you have to start today and you have to give where you receive inspiration.
Why is this so important?
According to Edward Kramer, in his 1955 book, Pathways to Power:
“Clarence Howard, late head of Commonwealth Steel, used to say, ‘The hole you give through is the hole you receive through.'”
Dan Kennedy, marketing legend, often says it this way:
“The window you receive through is made bigger by how much you give.”
In other words, psychologically and metaphysically, the more you give, the more you open yourself to receive.
And don’t trick yourself into thinking because you helped a neighbor move a couch that you gave.
You gave muscle, but not money.
And don’t think because you took friends out to eat that you gave.
You bought dinner but you didn’t dish out money.
The law is specific: give ten percent or more of what you receive financially to where you received spiritual nourishment.
When you’re honest with yourself, you know who to give it to.
One final thought:
Don’t worry about what the receiver does with what you give.
It doesn’t matter if they burn it, spend it, invest it, give it away, or anything else.
Your duty – if you want to attract more money – is to give now and give often and give where you received inspiration.
Why not do it right now?
PS – A decade or so ago I wrote a little book on this subject, titled The Greatest Money-Making Secret in History. I also explain this concept in my free book, Attract Money Now.
Thank you very much for reminding about giving, Joe!
Got a question: if I don’t know how to give money to my source of inspiration, and all I can do is buy his/her book – does this count as giving money (considering that some of the money for the book will reach this person)?
Hi Asan. Good question. No, it does not count, though it’s a noble idea. You need to give directly to wherever you received inspiration. I’m sure you can find their contact info online. Thanks for the question.
Thanks for the answer, Joe! You’re amazing as always.
Dear Dr Joe.
Thank you so much for all the love and care you take in producing your books, videos and music.
I am inspired by all the books you give that I have a different outlook on life all thanks to you.
Thank you for bringing me out of my darkest days when I was in despair and thought there was nothing to live for.
I am so glad I have connected with you.
With my greatest gratitude, thank you
Thank you, Charmaine, for your kind note. 🙂
I have to admit it Joe. When I learned few years ago (from your book) that giving money helps receive more money, I didn’t believe.
But I also learned something else…
When we listen what our mind wants to tell us then we listen our beliefs which in most cases aren’t truth (but for us they are).
In other words when we try to understand HOW we will receive more and HOW giving money works then we are closed in our mind.
The problem is that our mind won’t understand that but our heart already know that.
What I try to say is that thanks to You I understand that heart is #1 and our mind is our best servant.
Today I know that giving money works. Why? It doesn’t matter 🙂
Excellent, my friend. 🙂
Thanks for the exposè. why 10% Though of all figures.
Hi Manuel. 10% is ancient, and comes from biblical literature, but you are welcome to give more. 🙂
Dear Dr. Joe,
Thanks for your guidance.
A question: Is giving in a way that the giver remains incognito any better than normal giving?
Hi Dr Singh. I don’t know a reason to do one over another, so I think it’s a personal choice. Do what feels best to you.
How do I get over the fear? I want to give, but my bills threaten to shut off a needed service if I don’t give the money to them.
I understand, Marilyn. Pay your bills. But also “open the window” to receive by giving something, even if it’s a dollar to begin.
Hi Joe where did You get inspiration for this new blog? 😉
Hi Tomino. I’ve been writing about giving off and on for well over ten years, so it’s not really new, even for me. As for how I was inspired to write it today, who knows? My mother died recently, today is Mothers Day, and I am grieving. Sharing this topic made me feel better. I hope it helps you and others. Thank you.
So Please read your twitter private messages from me 😉
So You want to give away today everything from books till cash and if I ask You for investments in My Project, Vegan Organic Restaurant with alternative paying method called Wee, pay as much you want and I already give You 10 % cash back, You pass and wrote me about creativity? I am enyoing this self-education started in 2011, learning from you, doing what I love and want to serve people quality food…please can You explain me how did You mean this creativity?? Thank You so much 😉
Tomino, my post was about giving, not asking.
Dear Dr Joe , thank you for existing and helping so much people as you do ! Wherever she or her essence / soul is, your mum must still be enormously proud of You ! Thanks for the treasure gift of spreading Ho’oponopono to humanity with Dr Len . It has been a revelation to me through your zero limit book and I must say that as I daily practice it as soon as my emotions become unease whatever the thoughts or the situation are , I here testimony that it works mervellously . Love Laure
Thank you so much, Laure. I appreciate your thoughtful words.
I send you love and blessings and especially during this sorrowful time. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for you, your love and your generosity. In understanding that you should follow your bliss/passion in life, what does a person do if they are bombarded daily with new exciting ideas that really get them going and feeling the passion and excitement over each idea? I’m either one heck of a creator or I’m somewhat crazy! Also I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new Enlightenment Audio. Listening to it as I write this. <3
Thank you, Debi. 🙂
Thank you, Joe. This was very inspiring. And thank you for pointing out that helping a friend move a couch or taking someone out to eat isn’t the same as giving money!
Thank you very much for the reminder of giving 10% or more. It is very hard to practice it, yet im am doing my best to do it. thank you
dear Joe , i am doing it and i am grateful i can do it . love
GOD BLESS, THANK YOU BEING IN THIS PLANET AND FOR THIS, IT HELPS ME . LOVE
Thank you for explaining this, i come from a 3rd world country where there are beggars on every traffic light stop. most of the time i dont really like giving money to them as most of them are on drugs and i dont want to help another destroy themselves. and the amount of times i say to myself, il give more when i have more to give. i know better than that….from today im going to make sure i keep some money to give away and wish a positive outcome to whoever i give it to. thank you for your inspiration!
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