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?