It took a speech by the billionaire founder of Priceline to help me really learn that the more I give without expectation, the more I get.
I’ve heard brilliant people talk about the importance of giving from your abundance like that one word was the key to life fulfillment, but until I heard one man speak I’d never really felt the meaning of that word in my bones. I thought abundance meant money, and since I’m still in the heroic financial struggle chapter of my life… I was off the hook.
Then I heard Jeff Hoffman, the billionaire founder of Priceline, speak in October at a conference and a bell went off about what it means to give a gift from whatever I have in abundance.
Mr. Hoffman spoke about his first big payday when he sold his first company in his twenties and how he used his brimming bank account to save a domestic violence shelter from imminent foreclosure. He talked about his new responsibility because of his new abundance. That’s when I first realized the connection between those two words. If I have something others need, it’s my responsibility to give it. I can’t not give it.
Well I may not have much money right now, but I have a lot to give until I do. That feels abundant.
(I couldn’t find the exact speech, but here’s Mr. Hoffman in another great moment on stage)
Every day since his speech I’ve committed to one moment of all-out service from my abundance… and it’s changing everything. I’ve opened up a whole new treasure trove within me. Time, energy, compassion, leadership… I’m like the Santa Claus of intangible gifts. Amazingly, this daily commitment has also improved my business potential. Without prompting, people are offering to pay me for my help, and I’m learning where my skills are valuable. I’ve found that the more I give without expectation, the more I get. It feels like I’ve plugged in to the intangible electricity that is generated by the revolving hope and benevolence of humanity.
To Mr. Hoffman, thank you. Your speech has helped me step forward more to face my fears and engage more fully in life.
Photo from TEDxWallStreet