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Why the Generous Are Often the Most Successful

Everyone has heard the statement, “Nice guys finish last.” But recent research is actually indicating the complete opposite. When it comes to success in the workplace, generous-spirited “nice guys” are more commonly coming in first. And here are 5 reasons why:

Generous people are happy. Generosity leads to happiness, and increased happiness leads to being more generous. Researchers claim that this relationship between happiness and generosity is a circular pattern, continually increasing as the other does.[1] When you’re happy, you will perform better at work and be more successful at your job and in your career.

Generous people are kind. Generous people are skilled at thinking outside of themselves. They constantly consider the common good and how they can be of service to others. Oftentimes, success comes through teamwork, and givers are more likely to be kinder and easier to work with, helping to achieve group success easier than others.

Generous people work hard. A common characteristic of generous people is hard work. They see the world as an opportunity to give and help, and they believe hard work is the vehicle to be able to do so. They view success much the same way—it oftentimes requires a great deal of effort to attain, and they’re willing to work toward that.

Generous people attract employment opportunities. Researchers believe that there are three types of people in the workplace: givers, takers, and matchers (the large majority).[2] They’ve also discovered a link between employee giving and beneficial business outcomes.[2] When it comes to the business environment, generous employees are typically more productive, more efficient, and ultimately more profitable.[2] Those are characteristics that will help any organization thrive and more and more organizations are seeking those traits in employees.

Generous people are better at collaborating. One study showed that those who are generous, with a focus on helping others, produced 50% more in annual revenue, on average.[2] When employees are willing to help others and are concerned with their success, they become ideal collaborators, looking out for the betterment of the group or the organization above their own personal needs.

The day of stingy, ruthless business people is over. It’s time to crank up the generosity in order to maximize your success. Get ahead of the game by giving generously to others!

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[1] Smith, Jordan M. (2014). Want to be happy? Stop being so cheap! Retrieved from http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119477/science-generosity-why-giving-makes-you-happy

[2] Grant, A. (2013). In the company of givers and takers. Retrieved from https://hbr.org/2013/04/in-the-company-of-givers-and-takers/ar/1

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  • Werner Berger

    If we were really smart we’d all teach our kids this early in life. But then, we’d expect their prime teachers (parents) to model this message, wouldn’t we! However, we are learning more each day, about what is really important in life.

    • ariixeditor

      Werner, that’s what life is all about, isn’t it! Learning as we go, you are right. Many thanks for your comments!

  • Dr. Marlisa Hurt

    This is an awesome post—insightful and inspiring to have more personal awareness, as well as how to scout great team players :-)
    I fully agree that the characteristics of generous people described here are very true of how interpersonal relationships effect workability that is the springboard for peace and prosperity, both in work environments, and in life in general. Anyone who has experienced this type of working environment would agree that it’s wonderful be a part of a team where this kind of culture is encouraged!

    • ariixeditor

      Excellent comments, Dr. Hurt. Personal awareness within both general life and also work relationships is crucial to contentment and fulfillment. We appreciate your thoughts!

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