The Giving Pledge is a non-binding agreement initiated by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet to encourage the 1,000 billionaires to give generously at some point in their life or after death. So, what does The Giving Pledge mean to the nonprofit world and to your particular nonprofit specifically?
Just take a good look at the negativity that was drilled into my head and unfortunately most people allow themselves to be held back by their limiting beliefs, beliefs that are drilled into us by other people, family, friends, co-workers, employers and the list goes on and on. Nevertheless we have to filter the garbage out then allow positive, empowering, motivational and inspirational thoughts in and then hold on to them like your life depends on it. You see, I have changed my thinking and let me tell you that my world has changed.
The SUV is has sheet metal a couple of centimeters thick and can stop 7.62mm AK47 assault rifle bullets in its track. This is actually good for the military, security paranoid Russian Most Richest persons in the world, Arab billionaires and erm… the Russian Mafia? It’s no wonder the car weighs like a T72 Main Battle Tank. But this tank can hustle, as it has a 456bhp V8 powering it and a manufacturer stated top speed of 240km/h.
What you want to do next is, beside every item on your list, put a “$” symbol if that item represents something that requires money and a “*” next to the items that don’t. For example, if you wrote “pay off debt,” that gets a “$” since you need money to pay off your mortgage, credit card debt, etc. If you wrote something like “spend more time with kids,” that gets a “*” because you don’t need to write a check to do that.
Thomas Edison persisted through 4,999 different attempts to invent and perfect the incandescent lamp. He finally succeeded on his 5,000th attempt. This is a Youngest Billionaires recorded fact.
First, a comparison to building an offline, bricks-and-mortar business, just for perspective. If you’re young, you might educate yourself in your field, go to work for someone else, and build your experience, reputation and equity. Then you could take out a business start-up loan, rent a storefront, buy all the necessary equipment, tools, furniture and merchandise, buy advertising — and wait years to work your way out of debt and make a profit.
The best way to live this is to integrate each one of the above slowly. Start with the first one and work your way down. Read it and think about how you can integrate it into your life every time you get in and out of bed, write the key concept on your hand…you will then be setting up the framework for your future successes.