10 Habits of Authentically Generous People
If you do anything with a degree of success, people will want to know who has the greatest influence in your life. The response I heard over the years is parents. Mine certainly instilled in me the many values I adopted for myself and put into practice to this very day. What I know about influencers is that they are authentically generous people.
Influencers are people who teach us something about ourselves. Some of my influencers are people I have never met such as favorite writers, artists and other change makers. It is my belief that a teacher can be any one, regardless of age, physical distance, alive or dead. Teachers can be any thing such as ordinary moments that fill you with extraordinary feelings.
If someone has something to teach us that moves us further along in our awareness and deepens our experience as human beings, they are teachers. Our teachers are not necessary generous people. The toxic people in our lives are some of the best teachers for growth.
Authentically generous people leave a bit of themselves in the lives they touched. They leave a legacy. Perhaps this is as close as we humans can get to achieving immortality.
If building a legacy appeals to you, you are probably an authentically generous person. Here are 10 habits authentically generous people put into regular practice.
1. Authentically generous people understand that true generosity is the full giving of self without any expectations of receiving anything in return. It is not quid pro quo.
2. They nourish dreams and not starve the dreams of others with their own cynicism and judgment.
3. They make it safe for others to fail, encourage self-expansion but set clear guidelines on the consequences of actions.
4. They are masters at their craft who delight in being challenged. They understand the importance of maintaining a beginner’s mind.
5. They have a keen eye for potential and use every opportunity to become a student and teacher.
6. They see that contributing to someone else’s success adds to their own success.
7. They see imperfections in themselves and in others as starting points to work from.
8. They shy away from accepting credit and public accolades believing the act of giving is a private matter between themselves and their Creator or their conscience.
9. Generosity is the result of loving unconditionally. Authentically generous people can’t seem to do enough for the people they love.
10. They give in the manner that does not detract from the receiver’s dignity.
Your Turn: What would you add to this list?
- Being Present
- Getting Off the Couch
- Life Lessons from Sports
- Mental Clutter
- Overcoming Challenge
- Overcoming Sadness
- Positive Attitude
- Positive Self-Talk
- Taking Action