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Monday Morning Motivation – Giver

(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.


Today’s July 4th and I’m going to challenge you to think a bit about just how fortunate those of us that live in the USA are.  All too often we get caught up in the “woe is me” trap and don’t spend time appreciating the things in life.

I’m going to start by reminding everyone of a classic old saying:

  • It is better to give than to receive

I’m going to suggest that an obvious corollary to this is:

  • It is better to be a giver than a receiver

My guess is that just about everyone that reads this will buy in immediately.  And yet when we reflect on our lives, we often find that we are much more often the receiver than the giver:

  • The receiver of freedom from our forefather’s sacrifices
  • The receiver of a safe living environment from the service of our public employees
  • The receiver of love from our families
  • The receiver of safe homes and food on the table from the prosperity of our nation

I could go on and on about the blessings that each of us receives, but I think the above will be enough to get most people thinking / recognizing that those of us in the USA are very fortunate in what we receive.

  • But what about what we give?

Do we take the time to give back to those around us in ways that make a difference to others?  For some, I’m sure the answer is yes.  For others, this question might make them a bit uneasy.

We know that we OWE it to others to support them in various ways.  But, unfortunately, our lives are often so busy that we just don’t make the time.  And, unfortunately, time often moves much more quickly than we expect it to.  And often times, the opportunities to be a giver are gone before we know it.

That leads us to this week’s question:

  • How can you be a giver this week?

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning and I wish you all the best for the week.


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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.

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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.