A young man named Greg wrote us last year to say he had begun a non-profit organization in his small community.
I am responsible for raising money, and the way I’ve been creating great impact is with the Go-Giver mentality, helping others.
Working for a startup non-profit, I am not paid well, which is fine with me. I appreciate the story you’ve told as it spoke to my soul.
I wrote back:
Hi Greg. Thank you for your note, and congratulations on all the great work you are doing.
As a thought, when you say that working for a startup non-profit you are not paid well and that you are fine with that: that’s great for now, but I’d like to see you bring in more and more money as salary as the organization brings in more money.
Remember, Law #2 says that your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them. Being a Go-Giver does not mean being a martyr or taking a vow of poverty. (That is, of course, a choice you have the right to make, but it is not a part of the Go-Giver philosophy.)
You can do a great deal more good in the world and specifically for those you wish to help when you are living comfortably, rather than having to worry about where your next meal is coming from and how you’re going to make your next rent payment. Just a thought, as you seem like a truly great guy.
A month or so later, Greg replied:
Bob, your message hit a nerve. Thank you for the reminder. I agree, doing good does not mean earning less. I went to business school and felt guilty about the idea of making a lot of money doing something I loved.
I’ve been practicing, and I am starting to ask for more money when I speak—and am getting paid what I’m worth. Your words came at a time when I needed to hear them.
Yes, good work can be rewarded, and good things keep happening to me. Wow, I love The Go-Giver as it represents my life.
Cool. Very cool! Provide exceptional value, provide it to lots of people, and stay open to receiving. Great things will happen.
Good for you, Greg!