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My top priority is to protect my limited resources. And the only way I’ll win is to take some of yours.

This philosophy of scarcity is so incredibly powerful that we don’t even recognize that it’s as pervasive as the air we breathe.

But there is indeed another way. Not just for our personal lives, but for our businesses as well. The philosophy of abundance is rapidly changing our world – and for the better.

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GREAT FOOD IS EXPENSIVE these days, and can be totally out of reach for the struggling and homeless.

That’s why I was honored to speak with Mallory Andrews recently, the new executive director of FoCo Cafe here in our choice city.

You might have heard of the donation-based restaurant model. It’s a simple concept: eat what you want, and pay according to your ability and what you believe is fair.

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WE WOULD LIKE TO THINK that we have a very generous culture.  And we pretty much do, in many respects.

But we struggle with receiving gifts, especially at the personal level.

We have lots of ways to deflect compliments and praise:

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money-finance-bills-bank-notesWE SEEM TO MEASURE EVERYTHING in terms of money.

And that’s useful, for sure.  It gives us an easy way to compare value, to exchange value, and to measure things.

Too easy.

We have to be conscious that money is not the value itself.

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love-822501_640A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO I talked about how gratitude yields generosity.  But that’s not the end of the game by any means.

Generosity also brings results, one being loyalty.  When you’re generous, people think more highly of you.  They want to work with you more.

Stunning insight, right?

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GarbageTHERE IS A SAYING in computer geekdom: “Garbage in, garbage out.”  Meaning that you can’t expect great results when you’re starting with junk.

The human mind works the same way.  And it explains how easy it is for people to get caught in cycles of despair and hopelessness.  If you don’t have hope coming into your life, it’s hard to imagine how you can have hope for a better future.

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