We got a ton of inspiring messages from many different guests of the show regarding gratitude, giving back, and utilizing a servant mindset in the latest episode of the Making Bank Podcast. There are so many ways to shape these messages to your personal and professional goals alike. We spoke on selflessness as a building block to creating a servant mindset and being able to give back in meaningful ways, so now let’s focus on giving back. Are you interested in giving back? Maybe confused as to how to go about giving back in the correct way? Let’s touch on a few points from the latest episode and find out how these tips and tricks can get you on the right track to giving back.
What Is Giving Back?
Giving back simply means recognizing an individual, community, or an organization that has helped you in some form or fashion and being able to do something for them in return. Giving back is a wonderful form of showing gratitude and how much you appreciate what others have done to better your situation. Giving back can be done in so many different ways, whether it is a gift, donation, words of praise, or even a party of sorts recognizing those who benefited you.
Examples of Giving Back
Let’s go over some everyday examples of giving back in small ways. A simple example of giving back could be that your coworker covered the bill at lunch last week and insisted you let them pay, so this week you take that coworker out to show your appreciation for the meal last week. It’s that easy. Another everyday example could be, if your best friend always comes to your house for game night, perhaps on the next game night, you could take them out to trivia to show your appreciation that they always come to you. Last example: many people know the joys of having pets and how much the can really benefit your everyday life, so say your dog loves to play with the Frisbee – take an extra ten minutes next time to play Frisbee a bit longer. These all seem like simple everyday acts, which they are, but beyond that, they are simple everyday acts of gratitude that go a long way to those who you are showing appreciation for.
Examples of Giving Back in the Episode
Jeremy Adams spoke to the point of creating a great company culture with employees and teammates alike by giving them a wonderful working environment, for he is showing gratitude for the work they do for his organization. Rashawn Copeland spoke to the importance of being able to leave something behind for future generations. If we are lucky enough to have a family that make our lives special, there are no better people to give back to. David Wood went on to share his experience about a point in his life where he could not connect with people on a meaningful level, but after that switch clicked for him, he wanted to share his experience to help others who were struggling to connect. Riley Dane brought up a wonderful and insightful point that an entire business model could be based around solving problems for others. Riley then went on to say that this business mindset of solving others’ issues could be a profitable business while being a symbiotic relationship between consumer and seller as well. David Bayer’s entire business is essentially about giving back; not only is he an entrepreneur and a motivational speaker, but he writes wonderful and insightful books that give the reader the tools that he has used to transform lives.
How to Give Back
We gave some simple everyday examples of giving back in the first section, but let’s expand on those to find tangible ways to use your success to give back. These simple everyday examples can be used as a template of how to give back in other ways that may be more specific to your personal situation. So let’s look at three very different situations and give some specific ways to give back in meaningful and tangible ways for each of these circumstances.
Let’s say the first example is a recent college graduate who landed that perfect job right after graduation. This recent graduate wants to give back to their parents for all the support they got throughout college. A very real way this recent hire can show appreciation to their parents is by throwing them a barbeque with all of their friends; plan out a short little speech honoring them for being so supportive, and just say thank you.
Let’s move on to situation number two. Say we have a retired grandfather who lives with his daughter and her family. He wants to show his appreciation for her and her family for welcoming him into their home so he doesn’t have to live alone. A fun and easy way would be for him to plan a vacation for her and the family to visit one of her favorite places from her childhood. Most likely, she will love showing her children a place she loved so much as a child and will be reminded of how much she is appreciated.
So, moving on to our third example, let’s look at giving back in a professional setting this time. Say we have a successful salon owner who has recently been awarded a prestigious award, and they want to give back to all of the stylists who have worked so hard to elevate the level of services in the salon. Another example of giving back would be honoring the staff in the acceptance speech and really speaking to their personal successes and how they are the driving force behind the salon, furthermore throwing a party in their honor, not just for the salon. These are the people who elevated the business, so honoring them is a wonderful way to show appreciation and give back to the people who have given so much to the business.
These are very specific examples, but hopefully they help you find a meaningful way to give back to those you appreciate and give so much to you. Giving back can help show appreciation to those who have helped you and really reinforce those positive connections.