My friend Dr. Ivan Misner, Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of BNI www.bni.com), created this franchised referral network of business people on the philosophy of “Givers Gain.®” For Dr. Misner, when you refer business to other members in your chapter, you literally gain more business because you give.
Our faith reality understands it as God rooted the universe in the eternal principle that when you give to others, you receive.
Think about your own work for a moment. Have you ever said, “I went to help Harry out, and he helped me more”? Or, “I told Suzie about John and how he’s a great guy to buy a car from, and six people showed up in my store the other day saying John sent them”?
It happens. Givers Gain.®
One of my favorite books is Tim Sanders’ Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends (www.TimSanders.com). He tells the story of his friend Mike, who was president of Pizza Hut. Every Friday during his lunch hour, Mike called his MVCs—Most Valuable Customers—to say, “Thank you for your business.”
One Friday, Mike called a customer in a poor neighborhood in south Dallas who ordered more than a dozen large pizzas a month for a year. “From the bottom of my heart,” he told her, “I want to thank you for your business.” Then he asked the mother, “Tell me why you order our pizza. What’s your story?”
The mother told Mike her story of being a divorced mother of five children, three to eleven in age, and how she worked three jobs to support them. She didn’t want her kids to see their mom accepting public assistance so she worked virtually nonstop. She let the eldest order pizza as a kind of reward because “my kids really love pizza.”
Mike was so moved by her story that he said, “Ma’am, I want to thank you for something entirely different from being a good customer. I want to thank you for being a good mother.”
Mike called to give and gained again.
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Try it today at work.
Give to someone else without expecting to receive. Give because Jesus said so.
Watch as you receive.
Then give some more.
As you do, watch your faith increase. Get more joy at work. And discover more love for God and others.
Givers really do gain.
Dr. Joey Faucette
Adapted from the #1 best-seller Faith Positive in a Negative World. Get your copy from Amazon today.