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Giving to Build Success

Being a "Go-Giver" can lead to success and happiness.

By
Stever Robbins
3-minute read
Episode #34

Your ultimate service business is your relationship. Surprise your sweetie with a foot massage. Or flowers. Or write a love poem. Serenade your sweetie. Bring home chocolates. Pick up your socks without being asked. Or how about ask your sweetie for a birthday present that's actually something you know he, she, or they would like, and then give it to them when you open it. Wouldn't get you some extra snuggling at night?

You can give to anyone by just being nice. Smile. Compliment them. Listen to them (people love to be listened to). Bring them lunch when they're too busy to go out on their own. Help them when they didn't expect help. You'll be happier, and so will they. But you'll be even more happier, because it's better to give than to receive, remember?

At the end of the day, if we concentrate on giving, every one of us is being looked after by everyone we know. If we concentrate on taking, then we've only got one person--us--looking after us. And when it comes to life, there are some things that are just more fun with other people.

This is Stever Robbins. Below, please find additional links to happiness research, and a link to the interview with Bob Burg, co-author of The Go-Giver. Send questions about how to Work Less and Do More to getitdone@quickanddirtytips.com . You can also follow getitdoneguy on Twitter.

Work Less, Do More, and have a Great Life!

RESOURCES:

Interview with Bob Burg, co-author of The Go-Giver

Bob Burg's web site

Article on happiness and giving

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About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.