Margie Blanchard graciously granted her time for an interview with me several years back. Margie has been a driving force behind The Ken Blanchard Companies’ growth as a premier management consulting firm.

One of Margie’s profound reflections particularly struck me. During our discussion, she shared her perspective after she and Ken lost their beloved home in a San Diego fire several years ago. She said, “Everything I had held onto I lost, and everything I ever gave away I still had.”

Think about that.

Our society emphasizes accumulation of wealth, possessions, power, etc. But in truth, our lives were meant to give away. So if you…

Want enthusiasm? Give it.

Want change? Become the change.

Want forgiveness? Give it.

Want more autonomy? Give it.

Want to be heard? Lend an ear.

Want recognition? Give it.

Want respect? Show it.

Want consideration? Give it.

Want help? Offer yours.

Want gratitude? Express it.

Want leadership? Be the leader.

Want more? Give more.


More on this topic in Orchestrating Attitude: Getting the Best from Yourself and Others.