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Give Back? Give Back.

January 28, 2023

Picking up where we left off yesterday, here’s Rachel Cruz. And the link to where she says So. Much. More.

5 Ways to Give Back

There are many different ways you can practice giving to others. But no matter what other ways you choose to give, I recommend giving 10% of your income. We need to be intentional with our giving, just like we are with any area we want to succeed in.

Here are the five main ways you can give:

1. Give your money to an organization.

Giving is the most fun you can have with money. I personally give 10% to my church before I give to any other organizations. But the key is to just give somewhere.

Every year when I sit down and look at how my money was used in the organizations I give to, my faith in humanity is completely restored. The number of nonprofits that are making a difference in the lives of people who really need it is tremendous. If you want to help anyone, in any part of the world—no matter how unique—there’s a charity out there you can give to.

2. Give your money to an individual or family.

Over the years, I’ve heard so many stories that make me emotional about how generosity has directly impacted someone’s life. It’s the best! I heard a story from a woman about how, one year in particular, her parents were really struggling when she was a kid. And one day they found $500 taped to their front door anonymously. It’s truly life-changing to receive money during moments of real need. In the clip below, I’ll share a story about the first time I remember realizing that as a kid.

3. Give your time.

Giving to others using your time is an area where you can really get creative. My friend Amanda came over and cleaned my entire house when my first baby was born. I told her I didn’t need it, but she insisted, and I’m forever grateful. There were also friends who came to hold the baby so I could get a quick nap in. Do you think I’ll ever forget who those people were? No way!

4. Give your talent.

Carl W. Buehner said, “They may forget what you said—but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Giving of your talents is a great way to make people feel special, and even worthy. I know a makeup artist who gives free makeovers to women at our local homeless shelter. That small act completely changes these women. I’ve also heard about a dentist who gave away free dental care for an entire day to people in his community who couldn’t otherwise afford it. What talents do you have that would make someone feel better about themselves? 

5. Give your possessions.

You know what can really change someone’s life? A free car. There’s a reason Oprah’s car giveaway is the most memorable, most quoted moment of her career . . . and maybe even television history.

The Challenge of Giving to Others

Do you struggle with being selfless and giving to others? If you need help in this area, check out my new book, Know Yourself, Know Your Money. It will help you discover your unique set of beliefs about money so you can understand your motivations and change your habits around giving—as well as saving, spending, dreaming and more. Get yours and some free bonus items, too!   

I promise, no amount of money can replace the feeling you get from seeing a life affected by your generosity. 

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