Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Givers vs Takers

This is one in my Versus Series that you’ve probably seen touched upon by other authors. Don’t worry; I have a secret to reveal at the end. Remember, this blog is about redemption.

Givers like having fun with people. They are just full of unembarrassed enthusiasm and an innocent zest for life. They radiate optimism and insist on living fully. They offer time, advice, commodities, services, attention, compassion, communication, and much more. Givers mindfully create friendships, partnerships, and relationships.

Takers, on the other hand, have the habit of emotionally reacting to other people. They see their lives as constant struggle. The core belief of the taker is that life is unfair. The taker is a personality-obsessed victim. Paradoxically, the more they “gain” by taking, the more victimized they feel.

Most people are takers. They have a hard time giving because they were disappointed by previous attempts. The belief is that they have tried giving before and it has backfired.

But here’s the thing: What most people call giving is really a misconstrued form of trading. You see, they’re focused on what the return will be. True giving does not focus on a return. True giving is only concerned with giving. The giver gives unconditionally.

Now here’s the secret: Accomplished givers are almost always former takers. Myself included. We’ve found that giving does not bring happiness in return. We reinvent ourselves.

The happiness is already there. Happiness is contained in the very act of giving.


Getting this out of my head and in print has reminded me of several other things that I inspire through my workshops:

1) The “gifting economy" of Burning Man (as it contrasts to a barter economy or a market economy)

2) The Five Languages of Love (personal gifts, words of affirmation, acts of service, quality time, and physical touch)

3) “refined selfishness” (giving simply because it make you feel good; no other return is ever expected)

4) “reverse kleptomania” (secretly, covertly, almost compulsively giving people gifts without their knowledge)

5) Finally, this one question that will definitively tell you if a giver or a taker: “When you tell your story, would you rather be pitied or envied?”


Anonymous enc said...

I know this may sound like a stupid question, but I think this article is brilliant and I wanted to draw the right conclusion.
If my answer to the last question is that I want to be envied, I am a giver, is that correct?

Thanks in advance for answering my question.

March 03, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this blog. I've followed it from the beginning, and I am really inspired how your adventures through the years have impacted you.

Your ability to admit you aren't perfect and make mistakes distinguishes you from many others in this community.

March 03, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big Daddy, I think anyone with any insight into the female mind, knows how unpredictable it can be. You can do everything right, and she can still flip out.
Because our minds are our own, and our responsibility.
GS knows so much, and Ive benefitted GREATLY from this guy.
Your clearly on superficial levels. Have fun teaching mysanthropes to ask girls who lies more.

March 03, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This giver vs taker post... one of the most money things ive read anywhere.
thank you so much.

March 03, 2009  
Blogger GoneSavage said...

I am not currently holding any workshops, bootcamps or seminars. I have no product to sell. This blog is all for personal reflection, and if you like it that is cool. I do enjoy relevant feedback.

If you want to know about my current personal life, you will have to write me offlist. I am very receptive to regular emails.

March 04, 2009  

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