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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.

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


Perhaps the biggest compliment you can receive is that you are generous – bet 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 to where 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 been drawing my encouragement and ideas from Zig Ziglar’s “Over the Top” for the past few months.  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 that we have is that while we almost always WANT to be generous, we live if “fear of missing out” if we actually are generous.  While it is true that that wealth, talent, and time have limits; it is more true that holding on to ANY of these three too tight 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 me 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 and I wish you all the best for the week.


(Note:  Each week I publish “Monday Morning Motivation” in the hopes that one person will find a bit of inspiration and that inspiration will have a positive impact on their life.  My motivation comes from experiences, reading, sermons, and discussions.  For the next several months I’m going to be drawing from Zig Ziglar’s book “Over the Top”.  It’s a great source of inspiration and wisdom and I would be remiss if I didn’t give him credit up front for the motivation)

Blog posts from this past week:

At F5 Financial Planning we focus on helping individuals and families find balance between faith, friends and family, fitness and finance.  We make sure that they have the financial freedom to enjoy those things in life that are important to them.  And while we believe the left-brain facts and data are critical; we work with our clients to get them in the right state of mind to focus on the goals they want to achieve.

Some other posts that you might like:

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.