When putting the power of unconditional contribution into practice, the best place to start is with your loved ones. Regular unconditional contribution within close personal relationships is hugely beneficial both for the person who gives and the person who receives. The person who gives earns the gratitude of the other person, an intangible commodity which seems to be quite strongly linked to health, happiness and longevity. Simultaneously, the person who receives gets the benefit of whatever the contribution was, but, most importantly, gets the reassurance that the giver really cares about him/her, another intangible commodity which seems to be quite strongly linked to health, happiness and longevity.
Indeed, such back and forth unconditional contributions form the basis of every healthy and nourishing relationship. Good and healthy feelings of gratitude and belonging are continuously exchanged, working their mysterious and wonderful magic to add years to the lives and life to the years of those who share the relationship. Hey, you can even use your creativity to come up with some unconditional contributions that will directly benefit the health of the other person. Invest the effort to cook him/her a healthy and delicious meal, take him/her on a hiking trip or surprise him/her by learning a handy new skill such as massage therapy.
Unconditional contribution does not need to end with your loved ones though. As discussed in the previous post, your job is another area where unconditional contribution can bring loads of benefits. Shake off that incredibly restrictive what’s-in-it-for-me attitude that plagues society today make a conscious effort to start contributing unconditionally to your company and your customers. This frees up your creativity, brings joy to your work, earns you priceless job security and often leads to great financial benefits in the long run.
Another channel for unconditional contribution is charity work. We will discuss this in a special chapter of the One in a Billion project later on, but freely giving a little bit of your abundance to those who have been hit hard by the realities of socio-economic hereditability can also contribute significantly to your health and happiness. You can also give time instead of money by volunteering or by freely sharing your skills and knowledge as a coach/teacher. All of these things pay off handsomely when it comes to health, wealth and happiness.
But in the end, it is all about the mindset. Our modern world has taught us to always look out for number one and only do that which we are paid for. Again; if making money is your primary reason for working, you are definitely on the wrong track. Goals like free creative expression and meaningful contribution to society offer much healthier and more sustainable motivation. If these are your goals, you skills and reputation will escalate at such an astonishing rate that you will soon be welcome in any company under any economic circumstances.
So, why not give this philosophy a try?