The other day I read this quote, “It is the poor man who clenches so tightly to the gold he is given – for fear of losing it. The man of wealth spends his gold freely to accomplish his will in the world. It is the same with life.” The Paradise War by Stephen Lawhead.
These words struck me as profound. Not necessarily the part about monetary wealth (because I’ve heard it so often), but the notion that those who live rich lives give freely of their gifts and talents.
I don’t mean they offer their services for free. They do, however, offer their gifts in the form of services, products (like books), and sometimes free advice (when asked for, of course!).
In other words, the quote might be read like this,
“It is the poor person who clenches so tightly to her talents and abilities for fear of losing them (being ridiculed, laughed at, and failing). The person of wealth shares her gifts freely – in the form of services, products and free advice – to accomplish her will in the world.”
I call this type of gift “heart-gold.” Heart-gold is comprised of what you love most in life. It is often a combination of your innate (and sometimes latent) gifts and talents as well as those things that bring you (and others) joy. When people share their heart-gold with the world they feel remarkably alive.
Since your heart-gold is a gift you can bestow upon the world, the season of gift giving is the perfect time to reflect on the following questions:
- How have I been sharing my heart-gold (gifts, talents, joys) with the world?
- How have I been hiding or hoarding them?
- How might I share my gifts more freely with my community, clients, family and friends?
If you feel disconnected from your heart-gold or stuck in moving forward, or even notice that you’ve been hiding your gifts, I encourage you to check out these three resources:
Resources to harvest your heart-gold
Molly’s helpful article is for people who have a hard time moving forward with their dreams.
Chris Guillebeau’s A Brief Guide to World Domination
Chris’ fun, free ebook is great for anyone who wants to be happily self-employed.
The Launch Coach’s Library
Dave’s library of excellent worksheets can help you grow somewhere great. I particularly recommend, “7 Steps to playing a much bigger game.”
Then leave a comment on the blog and let us know your secret for sharing your gifts freely with the world.