You’ve heard it said, “You’ve got to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.” That’s true regarding business ethics, too. When it comes to your business philosophy, have you embraced philanthropy?
In tough economic times, it’s easy to decide that there just isn’t money to give away. The truth is, we have the money to do what we want to do with it, but when we’re not giving back to our community or supporting a cause that benefits the less fortunate, we’ve really just made a choice not to do so. I’d like to challenge you today to consider the benefits of giving to charity; the benefit to the community, and also the benefit to your business economy. Believe it or not, it’s tried and true. When you positively embrace giving a percent of your earnings to community outreach, your business irrationally prospers despite the so-called ‘loss!’
I know it isn’t talked about much, so I was surprised to learn that Dan Kennedy, author of the No B.S. Business Success series, also believes in the power and positive business growth that directly results from establishing the habit of giving. On pg. 192 of No B.S. Business Success he writes, “I’m here to tell you that giving away money this way is a fast path to wealth. It energizes the subconscious mind with a wealth and success consciousness unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.” He goes on to say that it is very important to regularly deposit a certain amount into a separate account and give it away without any strings attached.
Americans out-give every country on the planet. Not our government, our citizens. We believe in taking care of our own, but we also believe in taking care of humanity. That’s important to remember now while the recovery efforts are going on in the Philippines due to the tragic tsunami, and also while the annual Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns are so prevalent in October. Life Today Outreach sponsors a Shoe Project Campaign now through Christmas for the ‘sole’ purpose of protecting children of all ages from the dangers in underdeveloped countries of running around barefoot; consequently sick and maimed. Life Today also builds water wells for clean drinking water and feeds hungry children.
Feed the Children focuses on domestic and international hungry communities of children, often those kids only eat when the trucks arrive. This time of year they get travel and trucking discounts that enable them to spend even more of your humanitarian dollars on those kids.
While I don’t want to suggest that philanthropy matters only at holiday times, it goes without saying that we are all a little more generous right around now. Your local food pantries are almost completely barren; don’t forget that people get hungry all year round.
Decide today to do your part to make our world a better place. You won’t go poor giving, and the supernatural laws at work that care for people with your money, are the same laws that cause your company to increase when you decide to give habitually. Be a better business, support your local food banks and charities year round. It’s the ethical thing to do.
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