Generosity

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”

—Lao Tzu

4.1 What is generosity?

Generosity is an outward expression of an inner abundance. Generosity is not an amount, an action or a moment, but an attitude. As people this is generally not our default attitude, so it is a choice that we must make to embrace this value.

4.2 The benefits of being generous

We believe there’s more than enough to go around for everyone. This fundamental belief helps us to:

  1. Approach any situation from an abundance perspective. This perspective recognizes that resources are plentiful and is imperative to think win-win.
  2. Open doors. Being generous creates a platform for meaningful communication and allows us to see opportunities we otherwise would not.
  3. Inspire others. Generosity powerfully illustrates how we can positively impact people’s lives and invite others to be generous as well. This could be through how we spend our time (e.g. staying in the office a bit longer and seeing our colleagues do the same) or how we interact with others (e.g. by encouraging people and inspiring others to start doing that as well).
  4. Change the world around us. We value our city and want to be an active part of it. We do this through hosting a variety of meetups, inviting local youth for hangouts, and creating jobs for others.

4.3 Tips on being generous

  1. Apply the discipline of good stewardship. If we can’t steward and budget our own salary, we spend everything and live out of lack. Then, when the opportunity comes to invest in something or bless someone, we can’t. We miss the opportunity to be generous. The same is true for any of our resources as a company. If we want to be generous, we must be good stewards of what has been entrusted to us. We cannot give what we do not have. The only way to be generous is to give what we have, otherwise we’re setting ourselves up for failure (e.g. lending what we don’t have).
  2. Being generous does not mean we should be wasteful. There are two extremes in using our resources: wasteful living and stinginess. We don’t want to be operating from either of those extremes, so it’s important to have a healthy balance and be responsible in our giving.