“You often say, ‘I would give, but only to the deserving.’ The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture. They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.” —Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
There has been a stigma towards those who are wealthy that they are greedy, immoral, and willing to do anything to get what they want. While there are many of them who are like this, there are just as many who are the same as them and have nothing.
In conversation with some people I have met, there was a clear reasoning as to why they had no intention to ever make a handsome amount of money – they attributed wealth to selfishness.
We see it in the media, film, television, books, nearly everywhere. Some rich mumbo jumbo buying half of a city and not giving back to anybody. Well, that is not the case everywhere.
Individuals all over the globe donate to causes that they personally believe in. Some may be to research, some may be directly to families, where they opt to stay anonymous. For example, J.K. Rowling (who made a billion dollars on novels and movies about some guy with a lightning bolt on his head) has given away over $160 million of her earnings. As a matter of fact, she is at the head of many charity organizations.
Us young adults who aspire for greatness should also take into account our responsibility we have in order to give. We must give to our families, causes, our place of worship, wherever. I believe in God and the way the universe works. In order to receive, you must give.
It ultimately benefits you in the end to give. Maybe it isn’t always financially. It could be in opportunity. As we grow in our professions and businesses, we build relationships and connections, not just for ourselves, but for those who do not have access.
Let us end the assumption that the wealthy as a whole are selfish. As a matter of fact, many wealthy individuals strived for greatness because they wanted to help those who they saw and knew needed help. As I have been told numerous times: If a plane is going down, before you can put the oxygen masks on others, you must put it on yourself first.
In order to be selfLESS, you must first be selfISH.
Until next time,
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