I have a handful of books that I’ve read in my life that have dramatically changed my outlook and behaviours. As hokey and cheesy as it sounds, The Secret made a very dramatic impact on me. I even have it on audio so I can give certain sections a listen when I feel I’m going off path.
One of the best lessons I learned is the lesson of abundance.
Abundance (according to freedictionary.com)
- a great or plentiful amount
- fullness to overflowing
I’ve also seen it defined as “lack of scarcity.” According to The Secret, abundance means that there is enough for everyone. There is enough money, enough food, enough wellness. This really is true. My opinion, power gets in the way of this sharing.
Abundance is one of those intersections in my life where my holistic mind and my business mind collide. I sometimes struggle with what to share and what to keep to myself. For example, if a group member of mine from class misses a lecture and the professor tells us valuable information about a final exam. My option is to either tell my group member, or keep to myself, possibly resulting in my higher mark and her lower mark. I don’t think either is a necessarily wrong answer. She missed class, she knew the consequences. Another example, a brand is looking for 20 bloggers for an ambassador program. Do I share the opportunity with my group of peers or do I keep it to myself lessening the competition of applications?
Whenever I have a question about sharing it usually comes down to a matter of confidence. When I’m confident in my own ability to get the job, the contract, the A, etc, I usually share. When I’m feeling tentative or negative about my skill set then I tend to keep things to myself. I want to be the person that always shares, because I really do believe that there is enough for everyone. I know that the right opportunities will come for me, and that hard work will get me the best possible outcomes. Lastly, when it all comes down to it, I’d want my peers to share with me.
Now let’s group hug this shiz
Agree or disagree? Do you think sharing too much means losing your competitive advantage? What does abundance mean to you?