Generosity Is NOT Just for Rich People


Start thinking about how your strengths can begin to grow into generosity. You don't have to be rich to be generous.

“Doing for others” has been argued by thought leaders time and time again as the single most important way to spend your energy.

We are familiar with how Gandhi spent his life — practicing generosity and endlessly encouraging it in others.  He said,“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

However, the principal of generosity can seem enormously out of reach when budgets are tight, times are tough, and you don’t know where to begin.

 Fortunately, humans are made up of generosity. 

I believe that each and every one of us has a heart of generosity at our core.  We just need to figure out how to harness what’s inside of us…in an easy way, too, please!

LearnVest, a financial tips site I often follow, recently came out with an article that peaked my interest.  It contains all sorts of ways you can share your strengths, improve your financial situation and benefit others along the way—or, in other words, ways you can choose generosity while keeping to your budget.

My favorite example from LearnVest’s article highlights a pharmacy technician named Johnathan.

Jonathon started sharing his talents though a contracting app named TaskRabbiter.  He began exercising his carpentry skills by doing side-gigs in the evenings for people who requested a certain service through the app.  Earning $50 bucks a pop, and $300-$400 in a typical week, his “fix-it” flair not only earned him the extra cash he needed, but also the satisfaction of filling a need for others.

At brightpeak, lots of my peers have found a way to be generous with their time and share their gifts and hearts for teaching or coaching by becoming a Financial Guide with brightpeak.

There are strengths in our lives we view as our own, and for no one else – an expression of art, ease with teaching, an understanding of numbers, time for volunteering, or a skill with carpentry.   They make our lives easier.  They give us something to offer.

When I read this article from LearnVest a second time, however, this time viewing it through the lens provided by Gandhi, I understand that these strengths are not only vehicles for income, but are more importantly a part of our callings.  Something that precious should be shared with the world. Where can your strengths begin to grow into generosity?

Written by Briana Malrick

This blog post is from the Author's perspective and doesn't speak for brightpeak financial. Contact brightpeak if you want to know more about brightpeak products, and keep in mind that they are not available in all states and there are some limitations (some exclusions and restrictions may apply).

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