Marc Benioff (Salesforce.com CEO) spoke last month at the University of Southern California graduation. He articulates a life truth that most of us probably know, but maybe just need to be reminded of occasionally (Erin Zlomek, ed., Commencement Speeches 2014, Bloomberg Businessweek, 6/2/14–6/8/14, p. 23):
“The real joy in life comes from giving. It comes from service. It comes from doing things for other people. That is what is so powerful about this. Nothing will make you happier than giving.”
The neat thing about giving is that you create a double blessing every time. The person to whom you give is of course the recipient of a gift. That is the first blessing. Intrinsically as a giver, you experience tremendous joy. That is the second blessing. It always works this way.
Whether it is serving a relative, donating money to a cause, giving your time to a colleague, providing advice or solace to a friend, serving in your place of worship, mentoring a new employee, or helping someone who is down and out, all these are priceless opportunities to create that double blessing. Indeed, Benioff’s words challenge us. The good news is that we have these delightful opportunities every day of our lives. Let us take advantage of them.