Here is a quick overview of an inspiring book about generosity, which serves as a quick reminder about the meaning of life. According to Ken Blanchard (Coauthor of The One Minute Manager) and S. Truett Cathy (Founder of Chick-Fil-A), the Generosity Factor comes down to a changed HEART, in their book “The Generosity Factor.”
What is HEART?
H: He Owns It All. This is based on the premise that all of our possessions are on loan from God. Once we turn it over to Him, we learn that we must respect our gifts and share them.
E: Everyday Is An Opportunity. Each day we should seek out ways to improve the lives of others, one person at a time.
A: Action Is Required. Don’t just TALK…DO! Convert “held values” into “operational values.”
R: Remember Your Blessings. A heart filled with gratitude tends to be a generous heart. Make a list of all of the things for which you are grateful and add to it often. You may be surprised by how many blessings you have been given.
T: Thank Him. By acknowledging a greater creator, our egos are kept in check.
Many of S. Truett Cathy’s political views and personal opinions were based on his faith and interpretation of the Bible. Many of these principles were both widely supported and publicly detested; however, what can’t be debated is that he lived a generous life and positively impacted the life of thousands of young adults and families through his philanthropy.
The biggest take-aways from the book, aside from the components of the Generosity Factor, are the following:
1. There are 4 things to give. Time, talent, treasure and touch. Money is not always required. Everyone can have an impact.
2. Generosity isn’t about doing the minimum; it is about doing more and doing the unexpected. It is not an event; it is an attitude that must be cultivated DAILY.
3. Successful people often feel that there is a gap between who they are and who they could become because only a few achieve SIGNIFICANCE. Success comes from wealth, achievement and status, while significance comes from generosity, service and relationships. Even though they are often used synonymously, they are very different.
4. A significant life is influenced by the Three M’s – Master, Mission and Mate. Put God in charge, choose a personal mission that impacts every decision you make and select the right partner who makes you better.
5. Attaining significance is determined by three factors – the sincerity of your generosity, the joy found in service and the selfless nature of your relationships.
6. As more good things flow out of us, even greater things flow toward us.
What a great reminder that we are all here for an even greater purpose!
Here is a quick overview of an inspiring book about generosity, which serves as a quick reminder about the meaning of li...