How to Navigate the Perils of Generosity

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It’s foolish to let your generosity create indulgence in others. When others are able to respond generously to your generosity – but don’t – stop being generous with them. For example, adjusting an employee’s schedule is generous. Expect them, if they are able, to adjust to you when necessary.

Limit your generosity by the potential, ability and response of others.

  1. Prime the pump of generosity by starting all relationships generously.
  2. Expect those who have received generosity from you to extend it to others. If they do not, focus your generosity elsewhere.
  3. Withhold generosity when those who are able to express it don’t.

Generosity creates disrespect when someone who could return it doesn’t. I’m not saying you should give so you can get. Give so others can give.

“Takers” abuse generous people when it’s within their power to extend generosity but they don’t. Don’t let yourself be abused by takers. Don’t squander generosity. Give wisely.

4 Reasons you should give wisely.

  1. Life is short.
  2. You have limited stores of generosity.
  3. Maximum impact requires the wise application of limited resources.
  4. Apply generosity in ways that create maximum return.


How do you determine when to extend generosity or not?


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