The final segment of this mini-series is a charge to become a giver. Being a giver doesn’t always come natural, and that doesn’t make you a bad person. Having the heart of a giver takes daily training. Your ultimate goal for becoming wealthy should be to give back to others to help them reach their life goals. Sticking with the analogy of becoming physically fit, the ultimate of goal of losing weight is because you’ll improve your health dramatically and you’ll look and feel better. In the same way, giving back financially is the ultimate reason why we seek to build wealth. It’s therapy for the soul, because having wealth can quickly turn to a bad thing if not used properly.
Give Right Away to Haiti
In light of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, you have the unique opportunity to give and give abundantly to the Haitian recovery cause. If you feel helpless in helping Haiti right now, you can pick up your cell phone and text the word “HAITI” to the number 90999, and it will immediately send $10 to the Red Cross and charge it to your cell phone bill. I know $10 sounds like nothing, but you can probably do it multiple times, but the power of numbers is what the Red Cross is looking for, so tell all of your friends about it over the next few days.
Give Your Time
Even when you don’t have money to give, you can teach yourself to be a giver. Your time is just about as valuable as your money, so give time to someone that needs it. Take a friend out when they need a lift, or take your mother out to lunch for her birthday instead of buying her something.
Build Wealth To Give Wealth
I couldn’t think of something more fun than figuring out who and what to give money to. When you fill someone’s need or help an organization fulfill its humanitarian goals, there’s no other feeling like it. Giving is fun, and sometimes we need to remind ourselves of that.
Don’t forget this essential tenant of wealth building, because hoarding is not good for your soul. Wealth will become a burden, and the joy of life will be sucked right out of you.
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