Kindness is a simple act that can take us either individually or businesswise to great heights. It is the deed of giving that brings so much in return in terms of growth, happiness, and love.
Think of the time when someone was good or kind to you for no reason or may be a time when someone helped you out of a trouble.
Aren’t you thankful to him or her to this day?
That’s how kindness can touch you. It affects the receiver and the giver in a myriad of beautiful ways.
We live in a world of takers, givers, and matchers. Takers are perceived as self-centred because they think more about themselves than anyone else. Givers, on the other hand, are selfless. They think about others and believe that kindness begets kindness. They hardly expect anything in return, which makes them more likeable.
Matchers are in between. They are often heard saying, “You be nice to me and I will be nice to you.” Studies and practical experience reveal that givers attain long-term success.
If you are wondering how you can gain by giving read further:
Givers are of two types: Those who know when to say ‘‘yes’’ and those who don’t. If you agree to walk an extra mile to help someone, say yes to everything that’s asked, and never reject a plea of help people around you will start taking advantage of you.
Successful givers are kind but they do not allow people to walk all over them. In other words, they know when to say yes; they are selective and considerate at the same time.
They have clarity about how, when, and whom to help. They achieve a balance between their own dreams and their nature to help.
Some takers have also seen a lot of success. It is important to remember that giving and taking is not the only thing that determines success. There are many factors such as hard work and talent that come into play.
Having said that, you should know that takers who reach the peak quickly take the fall fast. Givers, on the other hand, achieve lasting success.
We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give, so said former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
Mr Bharatam is the founder and chief mentor at Kuza Biashara Limited, a capacity building organisation which coaches youths and SME owners in Kenya. He also chairs Entrepreneurs Organisation for Africa
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