The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Chapter Fifteen

April 17, 2013 — 3 Comments

THE LAW OF CONTRIBUTION
Growing Yourself Enables You to Grow Others

What is your passion? What are your strengths? Do you think that knowing these two components could be essential to know what your contribution should be.

If my weakness is in math, what makes me think I should teach math, or do peoples taxes.

Once you find out what your strengths are, build upon them so that you can help others do the same.

Be a river, not a reservoir, whatever comes in needs to flow through you.

Ask these questions to identify someone who can encourage you to be your best:

  • Who mentors you and offers you a baseline of wisdom?
  • Who mentors you to aspire to be a better person?
  • Who challenges you to think?
  • Who cheers on your dreams?
  • Who cares enough to rebuke you?
  • Who is merciful when you have failed?
  • Who shares the load in pressurized moments without being asked?
  • Who brings fun and laughter into your life?
  • Who gives you perspective when you become dispirited?
  • Who inspires you to seek faithfully after God?
  • Who loves you unconditionally?

If you’re mentoring someone turn these questions around on yourself and reflect how YOU can be this person to someone else.

I think that in order to be a great contributor, you first have to be humble. Is it hard to truly give and not be humble? Or do you give to feed your ego? You need to have a giving attitude.

John lists a couple of things to do to cultivate an attitude of contribution;

  • Be grateful – Like I just mentioned about being humble, being grateful is the same. I like the quote from Zig Zigler;

“You can get everything in your life you want if you help enough people get what they want.”

  • Put people first – I can’t see how you can be a contributor if you don’t put people first. The real magic happens when you put people first and in turn, over time, they start to put you first.
  •  Don’t let stuff own you – What happens when stuff owns you? I think it makes you feel more entitled to what you didn’t work for and makes you greedy. It’s hard to be a contributor when you’re wondering what the other person owes you.

What happens when you make great contributions? I don’t think it gives you success but something even better, significance.

Think about how you can start to become a contributor and become more significant.

This concludes the weekly blog on John C. Maxwell’s book “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth,” Thank you to those who followed along.

      “If you’re not doing something with your life, it doesn’t matter how long it is!”

Dave Leingang

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Dave Leingang retired from the United States Navy in 2003 with twenty one years of service. After retiring he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. A lifelong learner and always looking for a challenge he became a John Maxwell Team Founding Partner in 2011. Dave’s been facilitating leadership classes and mastermind groups to businesses and non-profits for over ten years in both traditional and distant learning classroom.

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