A Generosity Habit Helps Find Abundance in the World

Tommy Leung wrote this on Jul 25, 2018
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I started 2018 with a few new goals and habits.

One goal was to do a single-arm pull-up. The year is half over and I can perhaps do a quarter single-arm pull-up.

We’ll see where I end up at the end of the year.

One habit was to donate money each month. I selected a bunch of charities that I believed in and rotated who gets a donation each month.

Usually it is just the suggested donation amount on each charity’s website. It isn’t a lot but it is a lot more than I normally give in any given year.

My charitable giving throughout adulthood has usually been in the form of one-time donations for friends raising money to fight cancer, AIDS, or something like that.

Wikipedia might have been the only charitable organization I donated to without prompt on a yearly basis.

I decided to make this a habit because generosity is an important trait. Especially being willing to give when you don’t feel like you have the spare resources.

“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.”

- Khalil Gibran

Many people say they will be generous when they have a lot of money. But I know that’s not true.

I’ve worked in the high-tech industry of six figure salaries and my charitably giving barely changed from when I made just enough to live comfortably to when I couldn’t possibly spend all the money I was making.

I’ve also seen others in a similar situation simply spend more money on things they didn’t need.

The increase in disposable income didn’t necessarily lead to a discernible increase in giving.

That’s because being generous and having money are unrelated.

2018 was the first new year after I decided to become an entrepreneur in 2017 and I decided that building a habit of generosity was important.

I’m not making anywhere near what I made working a six figure job. The minimum wage for an entrepreneur is $0.

But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t give.

There is abundance in the world. We just have to find it.

“You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson