Have you ever achieved a major accomplishment, looked around and thought, “Is this all there is?” On paper, you can have everything you thought you wanted from life: A thriving career, an incredible family and peak physical health, and still feel like something’s missing.
Have you accomplished a lot, but still don’t feel completely fulfilled? That’s because you haven’t discovered the importance of giving back.
Everyone finds fulfillment in different ways, but one essential human need is to grow. If you’re not making progress in your life, of course you won’t feel fulfilled – you’ll be stagnant. The second human need that’s hardwired into each and every person is the need to contribute to something larger than ourselves. As Tony says, “The secret to living is giving.”We grow so we can eventually give. Whether you’re giving back to your loved ones, the community or society, you’ll only find true fulfillment when you start to look outside of your own needs.
If your goals only serve you, then achieving major milestones in your life will only bring fleeting happiness. But if your goals aim to benefit something larger than yourself, you’ll eventually be able to find a true sense of joy. As you learn to give back to your community or the world at large, you won’t feel the need to be praised by others, because you’ll witness firsthand the positive impact you’re making.
Scarcity will end once you begin to give. That’s not to say you won’t still encounter stressful times, but once you make the psychological, emotional and spiritual shift that comes with being someone who gives back, you’ll feel more grounded in all aspects of your life. You don’t need to be wildly successful to start contributing – every small bit counts. Whether you give someone on the street a hot meal or a few dollars or are able to contribute on a larger scale, don’t wait to start giving back.
The foundation of giving back
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