I read an interview with Simon Sinek on his TED Talk of 2009 where he spoke about the concept of showing up to give, not to take. This concept resonated in my mind because I could completely relate to it. Wherever you go, whatever you do, if you show up to give something, be it your thoughts, your vision, your personal story, your talent, your feelings or your value, you are more likely to engage with others than if you just show up to take something from them.
When I realised this I learned that whenever I am working for myself or for others, meeting with family, friends or coworkers, visiting clients or collaborators, I should always try to show up with no expectations other than just to give the best in me and add value to our relationship. Because it is not what I can get from them, but what we can build together that matters. Besides, focusing on giving rather than taking makes me a happier and freer person. I no longer have to worry about what I am getting out of everything I do. I just do it because I love doing it.
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