When you work in a creative service job (or any service job… or probably not working in any job at all and just going about being a human), there are times when you feel like your soul's been sucked out of you from all the extra demands people are asking. "Can't you just tag it on for free at the end of a project?" "I've already paid you for project X, why should I pay you more for project Y?" "Could you just do me a favour and look this over for me/walk my dog/sketch up a quick logo/paint me a picture for my kid's friend's bedroom?"
I'm a generous person and go out of my way to help others (that or I'm terrified of saying "no"… it's a learning curve) but after a while, I get worn out, I get resentful and I start a tirade on the next person who asks me to pass the salt.
So when on Instagram a while back, regramming the most beautiful post from calligraphy artist Megan Riera (image above), I was completely stunned to receive a message from her asking if she could send me a print. Just like that! The love that spreads when someone offers to do something for you, with no questions, limits or favours is incredible… it completely re-filled my resources for generosity, made my day and encouraged me to pass this happiness on to the people I encounter.
In business, as in life, giving is most definitely better than receiving.