This week, I came across a couple of quotes that really resonated with me. They were both around giving. It's funny but developing property in a way can be very 'taking'. What I mean by this is that you are always trying to get something more like a better deal or cheaper cost, a faster timeframe or a better sale price or rent.
But I've found over the years, if you give first then it becomes a far more enjoyable journey.
The first quote is from Robert Kiyosaki, the famous author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I read this book 15 years ago and it changed my life.
"Teach and you shall receive."
I think he's used a twist on a well known biblical quote 'Ask and you shall receive'. Maybe he was thinking along the lines of teaching so they didn't have to ask?
Teaching someone is giving them the gift of your knowledge and experience and it's one of the many tips that Kiyosaki shares throughout the book. His words are eloquent concerning this idea: “There are powers in this world that are much smarter than we are. You can get there on your own, but it’s easier with the help of the powers that be. All you need to be is generous with what you have, and the powers will be generous with you.”
I call these "powers that be" the Universe and for me it is a powerful thing.
The other quote I liked is from Mike Dooley, author and entrepreneur - "Every time you give, whether it's your time, your compassion or your financial abundance, you're saying 'I am provided for'."
He's talking about leveraging the Universe and he says giving is powerful because it's a physical act that can demonstrate you know you're ok and that you have enough and it's this sentiment or perhaps energy that manifests for you.
Giving is such a simple thing we can all include in our everyday lives. It can be the smallest gift of a compliment that may make someone's moment a bit brighter.
Relating this back to property development, I do try to incorporate giving into our business. We hope what we give to our clients - time, knowledge and experience meets a number of their needs and helps them move towards financial freedom. Our clients pay us for our service but it's the extra thing - education - that we incorporate into this service in the hope they'll be able to use it sometime in the future.
I also hope by writing each week that I'm sharing something with those who read my stories. When I sit down and wonder what I'm going to write about today, I always try and make it come from my heart as well as my head and hope the information may help someone with what they are trying to achieve.