Give to Receive | Napoleon Hill Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

Things you give to others, through expression, are the only things you are able to retain, remember, or keep for yourself. Any gems of thought or wisdom which you are anxious to remember, you must repeatedly give to others, or they will elude your grasp at the critical moment. Here is a simple way to test the truth of what has been said. Listen to a good story someone tells you, one worth remembering, one you would like to tell others. Do you know that if you do not tell, someone, right away you will forget it yourself? And do you know that if you do tell it, not only to one person but to many persons, you will never forget it?

You have heard of the saying, It’s better to give than to receive. Here is one place where this is literally and particularly true because, in order to retain the understanding of this or any other subject you are studying, you must give it away to someone else. That is, share it, explain it, and pass it along to another person. If you try to hoard it to yourself, you will forget some of the subtle points which may be important at a certain place in your career. Share these principles with others, not the details of your purpose or plan. These details you are cautioned to share only with the greatest discretion and to keep strictly to yourself at certain times.

Giving is a form of expression and giving is living. Let us read a story that perfectly illustrates this point. The story has been adapted from a book by Bruce Barton.

There are two seas in Palestine. One, the Sea of Galilee, is fresh and fish live in it. Trees spread their branches over it and stretch out their thirsty roots to sip of its nourishing water. Christ loved this spot. He looked out across its silver surface when He spoke. And on a rolling plain not far away, He fed 5,000 on loaves and fish from this very sea. The river Jordan fills this sea with sparkling water from the hills and then flows south into another sea. Here is no splash of fish, no fluttering leaf, no song of a bird, no children’s laughter. Travelers choose another route unless they are on urgent business. The air hangs heavy above its waters, and neither man nor beast nor fowl will drink of them.

What makes this mighty difference in these neighboring seas? Not the river Jordan. It empties the same good water into both. Not the soil on which they lie; nor the country about. No, none of these; but there is a difference. The Sea of Galilee receives but does not keep the Jordan. For every drop that flows into it, another drop flows out. The giving and receiving are in equal measure. The other sea is selfish, hoarding its income jealously. Every drop it gets, it keeps. The Sea of Galilee gives and lives. The Dead Sea gives nothing. It is indeed dead. There are two kinds of people in this world — just as there are two seas in Palestine.

In this business of becoming successful, you will find you will need both hands. One hand will be stretched upward, to receive the blessing of Infinite Intelligence, with the other extended down and outward, sharing and giving to others who are helping you in the climb. No one ever achieved outstanding success without the cooperation of others; and you realize, of course, that you must give something in return for this cooperation.

Source: PMA Science of Success.

Giving Begets Getting

The underlying message in Dr. Hill’s PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) Science of Success Course is that giving begets getting. Only when a natural flow is created does the processing speed up and good results happen. Opening up to creativity by allowing personal interests and talents to develop without barriers or criticism benefits, everyone. Little do we know where the real solution lies. Our way may not always be the best way. When given a chance for personal expression without criticism, unique ideas can flow freely and possibly contribute toward improved decision-making. When held back due to fear, the best ideas may never see the light of day.

It has been said that Going the Extra Mile is the master key to real success. It supports all the other basic principles because by helping others you invariably bring extra benefits to yourself. Magically, these benefits often come from completely unexpected sources. Consequently, your own life will become richer in ways you may not now even begin to imagine.

Are you looking for more rewards? Then start giving to get. In Think and Grow Rich, Dr. Hill states that you must “determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire.” He adds parenthetically that there “is no such reality as ‘something for nothing.’” In addition, he indicates that the giving should start well before you acquire your personal “riches.” In fact, you must give before you receive. This is a natural law and follows the pattern that was established by Infinite Intelligence. Whether we like it or not, we need to apply the exact formula prior to being the recipient of what we desire most from life.

Think about giving. Consider what gifts only you can give. Next, go about giving away your special talents in exchange for the life you have always only imagined.

Judith Williamson
Author, Napoleon Hill Yesterday and Today for Tomorrow

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