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Are you being appropriately generous with your wealth, talent, and time?

Monday Morning Motivation – Generous

Sharing Resources to Help You Grow Personally, Professionally & Financially

Sometimes it helps to get a little dose of encouragement—along with a good cup of coffee!—to start the day. Today we discuss "generous."

Hopefully, the message below will help you get off to a good start for the week. Please feel free to forward the newsletter along to others who you think would benefit from the content.


Perhaps the biggest compliment you can receive is that you are generous—be it with your wealth, your talents, or your time.

Unfortunately, the message we receive all too often these days flies in the face of generosity. While generosity is rooted in self-sacrifice and putting others first, society has transformed so that the emphasis is on entitlement and individualism.

Generosity does NOT mean “giving it all away.” Rather, it means sharing with others to help them achieve more personally, professionally or spiritually. AND, in the process, it is almost always the case that we—and others—are left better off.

I’ve drawn much encouragement and many ideas from Zig Ziglar’s book Over The Top. Ziglar’s main premise in the book is how to lead a life of significance. And being generous is at the core of a life of significance.

The challenge is that, while we almost always WANT to be generous, we live with the “fear of missing out” if we actually are generous. While it is true that wealth, talent, and time have limits, it is more true that holding onto ANY of these three too tightly leads to choking the life out of them.

For it is only when we share our wealth, time, and talent—only when we are generous—that we are able to achieve significance.

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • Are you being appropriately generous with your wealth, talent, and time?

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning 

Have a great week!



About MMM: Each week I publish “Monday Morning Motivation” in the hopes that at least one person will find a bit of inspiration and that this inspiration will have a positive impact on their life. My motivation comes from experiences, reading, sermons, and discussions.

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Curt Stowers

Curt Stowers

Curtis Stowers helps individuals and families across the United States grow their financial assets, particularly in the Naperville, IL region. He is a Certified Financial Planner, holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois, and is the founder of F5 Financial.