Saturday, March 28, 2009

Be a Giver, Not Just a Taker

I have enjoyed reading Tony Dungy's new book, Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance. It is a great book. In it Dungy comments on a variety of topics related to life and offers some tips on how to excel by not necessarily following the crowd, but by being a man of character. I especially liked his chapter entitled, Platforms, where he discusses how each of us has unique opportunities to make a difference in the world about us.

Dungy offers this statement: We all have opportunities to be either "takers" or "givers." Takers receive value from the lives of others around them. We all do that, and we should, to some extent. It helps us to become all we can be. Thank God for the people I've been around who have added value to my life. But we can't just take! We also must give or add value to the lives of those around us.