I have always been inspired by people who give freely. For example, a few years ago, when he turned 65, best-selling author Wayne Dyer gave away all his possessions—clothes, books, even his home—he donated it all. Now to someone who’s lived his life focussed on getting, such an act will seem absurd. How can someone give away everything he strived to get? But to those who understand that giving is the way to infinite abundance, Dyer’s no-holds-barred generosity will make absolute sense.
If there’s one thread that connects the greatest and most successful people in the world, it is their willingness to give of themselves. Be it businessmen and entrepreneurs, scientists, philosophers, artists or sportspersons, they have generous hearts and open hands. They do not hesitate to share their wealth, their knowledge, their time and their love with others. They understand that in some strange and mysterious way, when we give, we receive. In fact, we receive a lot more than we gave, but not necessarily from the one we gave to—it’s not transactional, you see. It’s a mysterious law that governs our universe, which seems to be based on giving. Look at nature—it gives everything freely and abundantly, and to everyone, without reservation. And it never experiences scarcity.
I’m sure that like me, many of you have experienced the power of giving at some time in your life—and also the joy, fulfillment and abundance that follow. But how and why does this principle work? It turns out that quantum physics has some answers. And that is what John David Mann, co-author of The Go-Giver attempts to explain in this issue’s cover story [p20]. Even though some of you might find portions of the article too abstract, it is my earnest recommendation that you stay with the story till the end. And then read the follow-up story by Azim Jamal, author of the best-selling book The Power of Giving, as he builds a beautiful case for generosity by citing true stories. Together, both these features will open your heart and enrich your soul.
Thomas J. Watson, Sr., the legendary chairman of IBM, once said, “Really big people are, above everything else, courteous, considerate and generous—not just to some people in some circumstances—but to everyone all the time.” In Watson’s words is hidden the secret of lasting and authentic abundance—those who are big don’t give because they are big; they are big because they give. I can see the floodgates to abundance opening already. Can you?
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