Sometimes selling is better than giving.
If you find yourself in a situation where you know you’ll feel resentful if the other party doesn’t reciprocate, that would be an example of such a time.
If you can’t give something away cheerfully and unconditionally, you’re much better off just negotiating a deal upfront in order to ensure your conditions of reciprocity are met.
If doing something for free makes you feel like a bitter martyr, save everyone from your wrath with a price tag that honestly reflects the value you expect to receive from your contribution.
Giving isn’t just about the gift. It’s also about the giver.
The true substance of generosity is an attitude that says “I choose to offer my talents and resources with the confidence that I’m adding value to others in a way that increases my own abundance.”
If the attitude of abundance is lacking, the act of giving is compromised.
If this post sounds familiar, it’s because I wanted to take another shot at this one.