Building Success Through Giving To Others

Giving To Others

Story: During the depression, one community in North America was having a particularly difficult time. They learned to survive through giving to others. How were they going to feed their families? Where would their next meal come from? How would they survive? The bartering system is a great way to reach out and help. Consider the community that bonded together during the depression and created a food bartering system.  Each family had a family member that planted a line of vegetables. Each neighbor helped with planting, harvesting, and picking. When the vegetables were picked, each household received a portion of the vegetables from the other gardens.. This was a common practice in rural communities and families for years. This is how this community survived the depression years.
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Moral of the Story: When these families pooled their resources, they were all helped. Think about the implications in today’s society. Perhaps we are not in dire economic straits anymore. Maybe we are not scrounging for food. And perhaps we are not putting money in shoe boxes. At the same time, take some time to ponder on what can happen when business people bond together to help one another. When one is helped, all are helped. In giving to others, we give to ourselves.

Quotes on Helping Everyone and giving to others;

 Anne Frank: How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~

The world lost a real gem when Anne Frank was taken to a concentration camp. What wisdom she had at the tender age of fifteen. Think about how the world would be different if we all stepped out to help the poor, the disenfranchised, and the suffering. The impact would be enormous, powerful, and positive. She knew the importance of giving to others.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: The happiest people I have known have been those who gave themselves no concern about their own souls, but did their uttermost to mitigate the miseries of others.”

I do believe we need to self nurture in order to achieve balance. Giving, giving, giving, and more giving can result in burnout. At the same time, true happiness does come in the form of possessing an altruistic nature. Consider the work of Albert Schweitzer who devoted his life to bring health and happiness to South Africa. Think about the life mission of Billy Graham who as pointed thousands in the direction of salvation. Mother Teresa’s work among the dying in India has brought such great comfort. All three experienced hardships and frustrations along the way. Happiness is not about the absence of challenges. It’s about saying ‘I fought the good fight. I stood strong in the face of battle. And my life has made a difference in the world. Giving to others was a part of Stanton’s belief.

Kahlil Gibran I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”


Is life all joy? Don’t we all have hardships, challenges, and frustrations in the tapestry of our stories? Don’t we all walk the bridges of sadness, grief, joy, and happiness? It’s a blend of all of these elements. Yet, life is all joy when we see the good in those challenges, those times of grief and frustration. “All things work together for those who love the Lord.”

Practical application to your life: Bob Moylan, author of Emotional Core Therapy, and Emotional Core Therapy for Teens, has devised a wonderful therapeutic method that enables clients to embrace all feelings, both negative and positive. Happiness does not involve eternal states of bliss. He believes that we can all access deep meditative states in the midst of trials and tribulations by utilizing stress reduction techniques that keep us centered. Altruism is a powerful way to step outside of ourselves long enough to become centered and to take charge of our lives. What can you do to make this world better? How can you use your giving spirit to make life better for yourself and for others? How can you reach out and help someone? How can you master the art of giving to others?

Exercise to develop an altruistic life style.

Keep a journal. Make a list of people you can help, including yourself. Try to include at least five people on your list. Then make a separate list of ways you can help.

People I can help                                         Ways I can help






From Barbara Altman, author, presenter, and motivational speaker. For speaking engagements, feel free to contact me at or at 314-962-5324.

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