Marc Benioff ( 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.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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