It’s mine and you can have some…

…with you I’d like to share it.

Because if I share it with you,

You’ll have some too (from a Raffi song forever burned into my brain through repetitive listening)

Maybe it’s because I didn’t play competitive sports as a kid but I have a really hard time with the whole scarcity mindset.

You win. I lose. You get more. I get less. You get the spotlight. I get ignored. An opportunity for you is a threat to me. So it’s everyone for themselves. And self-interest rules.

I had just this conversation a few weeks back, about something that, at the end of the day, would help a whole lot of people. It’s a good thing, as Martha would say.

Instead of a scarcity mindset, I tend to take an abundance view of the world. If it’s good for you, it’s good for me. You get a bigger slice and just maybe we all wind up with a bigger and better pie. Everyone gets their turn in the sun.

I’ve also discovered that you will invariably get back far more than you ever give and you’ll get back so much more than you ever expected. But then being generous, considerate and helpful is really its own reward.

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Jay Robb

I've reviewed more than 500 business books for the Hamilton Spectator since 1999 and worked in public relations since 1993.

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