Takers, matchers, and givers

A FB friend was exploring the possibility of getting involved in a volunteer teaching project, and before long, came to realise that 又再一次印證,不問收穫的付出往往會帶來意想不到的收穫。

Her insight echos the thesis of a bestseller I’ve been reading: Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, by organisational psychologist and Wharton professor Adam Grant. Grant identifies 3 broad approaches by which people employ in interacting with others. Whereas ‘takers’ strive to get as much as
possible from others and ‘matchers’ aim to trade evenly, ‘givers’ are the rare
breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

While we might openly applaud givers for their altruism but secretly suspect that they will end up as pushovers and doormats, Grant’s research and case studies reveal that in the long run, and across many occupational and social sectors (businessmen, engineers, doctors, teachers, salespeople, etc.), very often it is the givers that end up at the top of the success ladder!



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