The end of this amazing class is nigh. The topic for this session was networks and giving. I was thrilled with all the insights my classmates had about Adam Grant’s book “Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success” and the philosophy and work ethic shared by our guests; Steve Butcher and Kirin Bhatti.
There were a lot of ideas about the definition of givers, matchers and takers. I must say that there where two main thoughts that resonated with me. Katya Yefimova gave the first one, when she talked about the differences of defining giving and taking depending on the culture. I must agree that the way we see giving changes depending on the culture. Nevertheless I believe that at the end of the day giving with out expecting something in return and with a genuine interest in help others, without forgetting to pursue your own interests, thing just fall in the right place. I think this because, when I look back and think about hard or difficult moments I’ve been through, help comes from where you less expected it, like in a karma sense of way.
The second idea I reflected and agreed on was when Laura Williams Argilla said: “I don’t think that giving, explaining why you are doing it, can never be harmful. Even when you’re not giving you are giving.” The process of giving also includes the moment when you don’t give; the meaning of giving as making an opportunity not doing the job for someone else.
I walked out of this class with two tenets that I would like to follow from now on:
- Don’t be afraid to express who you are and to embrace where you come from. To always be thankful. (Kirin Bhatti & Anita Verna Crofts).
- Success is not measure on the amount of money you make, but on the number of moments that cultivates from a fulfilling life. It is important to “shine, not burn. And always: treat people with respect, be transparent and do the right thing” (Steve Butcher).