The 6 Habits of Kind, Generous People

Instilling confidence in others is a choice

Michael Thompson
May 20, 2020 · 5 min read

1. They are masters of the follow-up

I’ve lived in Spain for ten years. During this time, it’s been hard to keep in contact with old friends. Every few weeks, however, like clockwork, a friend of mine reaches out.

2. They give their best ideas away for free

I was hesitant to ask my friend if I could write about a great idea he once shared with me. I thought maybe he wanted to keep it for himself. “I’d be honored,” he replied.

“The best way to see my ideas become reality is by giving them to someone else.”

Kind people proactively connect people. If generous people come across something that could help you grow their business, they share it with you.

3. They are quick to forgive people

I made a mistake. A man I greatly admire reserved an hour of his day to help me with a project. I put down the wrong day on my calendar. An hour before the meeting his assistant called to make sure I had directions. I was in Italy.

4. They ask themselves who needs them

Each morning, during the four years Viktor Frankl spent in concentration camps, he reminded himself of who was going to need him when he got out. He would later say this was one of the main reasons for his survival.

5. They treat their word as gold

Kind, generous people pride themselves on keeping their word. They know that trust is everything.

6. They take the time to truly see others

I was on a phone call with a leader in the tech space. I asked her what most attributed to her success. She replied that she writes down the times she feels like she is truly seen. It serves as a reminder to do the same for others.

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Thanks to Zulie Rane, Reed Rawlings, Barry Davret, John Mashni, and George J. Ziogas

Michael Thompson

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Co-creator of 2 boys with my dream girl • Observer • Catalunya • Career coach • Business Insider, Fast Co., Forge • Follow along for weekly stories

Personal Growth

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Michael Thompson

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Co-creator of 2 boys with my dream girl • Observer • Catalunya • Career coach • Business Insider, Fast Co., Forge • Follow along for weekly stories

Personal Growth

Sharing our ideas and experiences.

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