It is better to give than to receive.
What is in it for me? You first, then we will see. I have come to believe that thinking of this sort is not the way of the successful. Perhaps that is why the authors suggest it is only after we give, and give to many, and put first, and are true — that it is then time for us to consider getting. Their fifth and last law of success:
The Law of Receptivity:
The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.
An interesting idea on getting: how it allows another to give. It is more blessed to give than to receive. And receiving allows the blessed phenomenon to go round. Receiving. Being sensitive to others desires to give and letting in. Much different than taking. Much different than positioning to lay hold. “Fancy meeting you here again Bob, on your route. Why those look scrumptious. And they smell wonderful too. It is probably because I have yet to eat this week…” Not so much.
-A takeaway from The Go Giver by Mann and Burg
As always good books, takeaways, stories, and/or lessons learned on the subject are most appreciated.