You are worth what you give and not what you take — especially in Business

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“If you want to love what you do, abandon the passion mindset (‘what can the world offer me?’) and instead adopt the craftsman mindset (‘what can I offer the world?’)” — Cal Newport

You are worth what you can offer the world, and not vice versa. We think about the things that we want, what we can get from the world, but do we reflect on what we are giving to the world?

The law of giving and receiving in Deepak Chopra’s bestseller “The seven spiritual laws of success”, states it simply — “The universe operates through dynamic exchange…giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.”

When you give, you receive.

“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” — Zig Ziglar

I don’t mean it in a way that to get something, you force yourself to do good even when you don’t want to. The law simply states that your focus needs to shift from only yourself, to the society as a whole.

When you see the bigger picture, you will be able to see yourself as a part of this whole universe, and not as an isolated entity. This will boost your sense of belonging, and in turn lead to a happier and more successful life.

People tell you to be selfish. They are not wrong, they just haven’t realized that true happiness lies in collective benefit, and not individual gains.

Imagine if you lived in a society where everyone else was unhappy, and only you were happy. Would you ever be able to live in peace? I guess not.

Law of Giving and Receiving in Business

The best businesses are those which solve a problem, or optimize an existing solution to a problem.

Great businesses are those which solve problems that people didn’t even know they had.

If you look at the motivations of all the great businessmen, you will find a recurring theme — it’s a flare to solve problems on a big scale and to improve the quality of life. Helping people is central to any great man’s life story.


Parting thoughts

There are some principles of the universe, which are immutable truths, that hold at all times, in all situations. The law of giving and receiving is one such principle. Practice it, and see the change in your life.