From the category archives:

Giving

Lessons From the Shoeless and the Homeless

by Stephen Mills December 3, 2012

I would rather give $5 to an organization that actually has some qualifications and experience in how to help people. Organizations that give them something like a hot meal or a place to stay. Your $5 bill handed to someone begging for it may not go to food, it may go to alcohol, drugs, a quickie in the alley, or something else not likely to go viral if recorded by a tourist’s camera. Driving by a corner or seeing someone sitting on the sidewalk, we’re in no position to make the kind of judgments necessary to do the right thing. If you feel the need to help, think about it first. Maybe you would be better off donating to an agency in a better position than you to decide what and for whom something needs to be done.

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Eight Ways to Build a Magnetic Personality

by Stephen Mills February 7, 2010
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We know people who can light up a room with their presence. They are good at building and maintaining relationships. They establish rapport quickly and effortlessly. It seems like everybody is their best friend. Bestselling author, Malcolm Gladwell, call these people connectors.

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Give More of Yourself By Being Selfish

by Stephen Mills March 15, 2009
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The point he and I both are making is that if you aren’t around to give, then you aren’t going to be giving anything. If you can’t take care of yourself financially, health-wise, emotionally, or any number of other ways then how are you going to help anyone else?

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