I often hear people say: “I just need enough money to put food on the table, no more”. When you think about it, that’s a selfish attitude. You and I should be able to earn enough money to put food on our own table and someone else’s table too. Why be content with just enough money to look after our own needs? There are lots of people around us in greater need, and we can do something to help them.
In fact, the process of contributing, giving and helping, is the greatest wealth and prosperity principle of all time and is called “the law of investment and return” or “the law of seedtime and harvest”.
Unfortunately, a lot of people never share anything they earn and when they spend it, they spend it on themselves thinking they will derive the most value from it that way. But, the real value is in releasing it to meet another person’s need. To prosperous people, they know the power of giving or sharing generates a hundredfold return. In other words, your investment today, guarantees your future.
Remember, often the difference between your investment and your return on investment is time. You can’t skip any step of this process: investment over time brings a return. Notice it’s called “the law of seedtime and harvest”. Time is important. We cannot expect a harvest immediately. It takes time and nurturing and watering for the seed to take root and grow, but once it has matured it will bear fruit in your life and in the life of others.
The miracle of the law of seedtime and harvest also requires action. A farmer can’t stand in his field and say: “Come on, give me crops”. He has to invest in that field through work. That’s the only way that law will work for you. The bridge between today and your harvest is action. And if you’re wondering how long you should be investing for, the answer is simpl: until you receive what you are after. And only you, knows what it is that you are after. For one person it might be until they make a net profit of a million dollars, for another person it might be until their children are financially secure.
This law is probably the most powerful law in the universe. If you get it right, it affects everything you do. Your attitude to giving will affect the quality of your return. Some people give things they don’t want anymore. For example, they’ll donate their old, warn-out, old fashioned clothes. That’s not giving. That’s decluttering! If you donate what you don’t want, you’ll receive what you don’t want.
I have learned that if you want a life of abundance and prosperity, you have to be generous, not just charitable. Remember, whatever you want in life, you have to give it away first.
This is why I am always looking for opportunities to be generous. And, this is why every year for the past 8 years I’ve been hosting “La Dolce Vita” gala charity event at Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast where about 100 business people from around Australia raise thousands of dollars for charitable causes.
This year, we raised $105,078 for She Rescue Home in Cambodia for sexually exploited girls.
SHE Rescue Home exists as a safe-haven for girls normally aged 5 to 16 who have been trafficked, raped, prostituted or at-risk of any of these. There are complex issues that contribute to a girl's vulnerability to trafficking. Factors such as poverty, abuse, trickery or deception and unemployment or addiction in the family unit. The SHE Rescue Home works in partnership with local and international agencies in Cambodia to give girls, as well as their families and communities, opportunities to reshape their lives.
She Rescue Home founder Leigh Ramsey, who is based on the Gold Coast was completely amazed and overwhelmed by the generosity of people at the event and said this was the largest one-off amount raised since the charity founded eight years ago.
The amount raised will help re-habilitate and provide a safe-haven for about 10 girls aged six to 15 in Cambodia, who have worked as sex slaves, been prostituted, trafficked or had any form of sexual exploitation.
Every girl taken to She Rescue Home in Phnom Penh costs $12,000 a year to pay for things such as social workers, house mums, beds, transport, new sewing centre and education.
To this day, I have helped raise $1 million dollars for charities including the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, Day of Difference with Ron and Sophie Delizio, Teen Challenge, Vision Rescue, The A21 Campaign and the Irene Gleeson Foundation.
From being dyslexic and told I would ‘never amount to anything’ by a few teachers from LaSalle Catholic College… after being raised in an extremely dysfunctional home in Sydney to Italian parents, rife with violence and alcoholism… after suffering bouts of depression, having suicidal tendencies, divorce, misinformed media scrutiny, public ridicule and almost complete financial loss…
I have gone on to publish nine books, translated in 12 languages, sell 700,000 copies worldwide and gone on to speak onstage before millions of people worldwide alongside the likes of Richard Branson, Donald Trump and Jim Rohn.
I always knew deep down that the only way I could turn my situation around was to contribute. There’s never been a monument erected to a taker. The highest form of greatness is what you give to other people – your time, your talent, your treasure.
To find out more about She Rescue Home, please go to: https://www.sherescuehome.org