“Ex nihilo nihil fit” is Greek for… Nothing Comes From Nothing.
That explains why causes create effects…inputs produce outputs…and why actions have consequences.
You can’t get something for nothing.
You have to do something to get something.
Every action comes with a reaction.
Everything requires labor….some degree of effort.
Let’s go further down this rabbit hole.
Nothing comes from nothing.
Your wealth, health and happiness…
Is a consequence… a reaction… to your own actions.
You get by giving…by contributing.
Therefore, view your life, career and company as a platform for giving, for caring…for intentional acts of generosity.
To build a great life…
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 you can contribute…by expanding your capacity to care and give freely…you automatically become successful.
The focus on contribution and caring places a premium on personal responsibility.
As the key driver of effectiveness, your contributions to others allow you to do well by doing good.
This is only accomplished by looking outward from your 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.
HOW TO TURN NOTHING INTO SOMETHING
Questions direct thinking, stimulate innovation, and therefore affect 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.
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 us has our very own unique contribution to make in life.
Making a difference where you live, work, go to school, and play must be where you focus your 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.
That’s why your daily challenge is to focus on meaningful, generous contributions…and to focus on meaningful, generous contributions is to focus on creating a beautiful and meaningful life.
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