The Big Give

by Gary Ryan Blair

We can choose to “give back,” or we can simply choose to give.

Therefore, why not view your life, career and company as a platform for giving, for caring…for intentional acts of generosity?

To build a great live…we must individually and collectively replace the pursuit of success and materialism with the pursuit of contribution, caring and generosity.

For this to occur, the critical question must move from…

“How can I become successful?”


“What can I contribute that will significantly impact the mission, performance, and overall results of the institution or community I serve?”

By focusing on what we can contribute…by expanding our capacity to care and give freely…we automatically become successful.

The focus on contribution and caring places a premium on responsibility. As the key driver of effectiveness, our contributions to others allow us to do well by doing good.

This is only accomplished by looking outward from our workload and upward towards more noble goals and objectives.

When you begin to focus your energies on how you can contribute it affects the quality, content and impact of your work.

Your standards, reputation and credibility rise, as do the size and scope of new opportunities.

Your relationship with others takes on new meaning and your presence is welcomed wherever you travel.

Questions direct thinking, stimulates innovation, and therefore effects our actions and results.

   What justifies your existence?

   Why are you on the payroll?

   What are you called to do with the gifts and time you are given?

   What can you and no one else do which, if done really well, would make a real difference?

When you change your questions and intentions from getting to giving, there’s a boomerang effect that takes place as whenever you give through contributions, your rewards come back multiplied.

Everything in life wishes to reward its contributor.

In fact, every contribution turns you into a benefactor, allowing you to enjoy the fruits of your contributions.

By contributing to the garden, the flowers reward you by blooming with bright, vibrant and beautiful colors.

By contributing to your children’s education they reward you by becoming responsible, disciplined and productive members of society.

By contributing to your client’s best interests they will reward you with loyalty and ongoing prosperity.

By contributing to your retirement fund it will reward you with both peace of mind and an enjoyable final chapter of your life.

By contributing to the health and well being of your body through exercise and nutrition, it will reward you with responsiveness, flexibility, longevity and optimal performance.

Those who give big by contributing their time, talents, networks, and personal experience will be rewarded.

The most basic human need that we all have is to matter, to make a difference.

At an intuitive, gut level we know that each one of has our very own unique contribution to make in life.

Making a difference where we live, work, go to school, and play must be where we focus our greatest contributions.

Your contributions will become a larger part of your life’s body of work.

Your contributions will help lay the foundation for some of the greatest feats, innovations and performances the world has ever seen.

The definition of a successful life must include a contribution into the lives of other people.

The heroes and heroines worthy of emulation are those who, day to day, moment to moment enrich our lives. Their contribution, their imprint upon our lives is enduring and indelible.

Your daily challenge is to focus on making maximum contributions…to find ways to expand your generosity.

Ask yourself this question…

“What can I contribute that will significantly impact the mission, performance, and overall results of the institution or community I serve?”

Focus on this question, prioritize your answers from the biggest contribution to the smallest and work you way through the list.

Then…execute on that list.

A meaningful life requires meaningful, generous contributions… and to focus on meaningful, generous contributions is to focus on creating a meaningful life.

Everything Counts!

Gary Ryan Blair


Posted on October 9th, 2017 by Gary Ryan Blair

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