In the Spirit of the Season

Here we are in another season of giving and receiving. The truth is that we are always in a season of giving and receiving, this time of year just amplifies the spirit of both. And we have all heard that it is far better to give than it is to receive. This may be true, but there are times when it is equally awesome to receive.

Giving comes in many ways. We can give in the form of money, resources, and time. We can give gifts and presents. We can give back to a cause or community, or maybe we can give back to a person or family who had helped us out when we needed it. We can give through charities and organizations. Many companies, houses of worship, and other organizations have “giving trees” where we can choose to help people and families in need. And we can do all our giving, no matter what it may be, silently and anonymously.

What’s it like to be on the receiving end of gifting? For many of us, no matter where we find ourselves today, we have been in a position of need. We may have had a difficult season of life. We may have endured a tragedy or hardship. There may have been a time when unexpectedly we found ourselves out of work. Or we may have had an illness or injury that left us unable to care for ourselves or a loved one. Many of us who can relate to any of these situations, when someone stepped up to help, knows just how humbling receiving can feel.

Think of the greatest gift that we have ever received. Maybe it’s the nicest and most expensive, but something tells me it’s not. More than likely, if we give it some deeper thought, we will remember the time our in-laws loaned us a few dollars to cover our mortgage. Or our neighbors stepped up and purchased our groceries. Maybe it was a time when each friend cooked a meal for us as we balanced being with our spouse in the hospital and taking care of our children. The gift could have been an introduction to an executive who had a job opening at a time when we needed work. The gift could have simply been a hug, a night out with a close friend, some overdue laughs over coffee or a beer…

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Written by Michael “Go-To” Norton, XINNIX EVP, former CEO and Founder of Tramazing, former President of the Zig Ziglar Corporation, and former Executive Vice President of Sandler Corporate Training, Michael Norton has helped companies accelerate their growth by elevating their talent through learning and development programs.

Michael has had the pleasure of working with world-class companies such as Siemens Healthcare, WebMD, 7-Up, Cardinal Health, Cemex, Boral, HPE, Indeed, Lonza, KONE, Evonik, Quest Software, Dell, Anixter, and many more. for 30+ years he has developed, written, delivered, reinforced, and sold sales and sales management training programs that deliver real ROI while fitting into a company’s culture, processes, daily sales workflow, and budget.

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