Many of us, myself included, have experienced what it’s like to give something away and felt that deep sense of YES overwhelm us. Whether it is giving away our time, an item or money – there is this innate sense of giving something away that brings about a feeling of ultimate satisfaction. Perhaps the satisfied feeling comes from knowing that the benefactor was more in need of our gifts, or from a feeling of being lighter after giving away an item. Regardless of why we feel satisfied …it’s interesting to think about giving something away – like time, an item or money – when it comes to business.
Earlier this morning, I found a blog written by Andrew Weissman while reading through today’s daily PSFK Newsletter and found myself smiling at the idea of a world more focused on giving away our raw ideas and talent versus the state of competition, ‘mine’ thinking and false promises that we currently seem to surround ourselves with, especially in the business world.
In his blog, Weissman uses the TED conferences as his example of an organization that has given away its talks online for free and as a result has some of the greatest brand awareness and most loyal following. Although I don’t know them well, I see The Do Lectures as living in this same format of giving – because you can stream all of the talks online for free, as well.
Although a bit contradictory to the human sense of trying to build my own business, I am aware that there is a need and a tugging at my heart to give more, while finding that pure balance of also receiving and consequently, growing. So while I”m not sure what that means yet, I invite you all to read Weissman’s blog and enjoy my favorite TED Talk featuring Elizabeth Gilbert and Do Lecture featuring Mickey Smith, while I listen forward the best way to give via my business, Side Of The Road Sessions.