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Give and Take by Adam M. Grant
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it was amazing

It's not always easy to take Grant's advice. But when you give it long enough to play its course, it seems to have this uncanny way of consistently panning out.

Give & Take convinced me that doing good and giving without any kind of expectation of return would be a sound life strategy, even for the selfish. The fact that it meshes with an other-oriented approach to life is gravy. It gave me a rigorous framework for believing in the previously woo-woo concept of karma. If you believe in Grant's studies, there's no reason to not be a "Giver," whether or not you consider yourself selfish, selfless, or some mix of the two.

If nothing else, the concept of Giving has become so ingrained in my daily life that I now find intrinsic joy in doing so. I could spend the next 50 years following Grant's advice, and wouldn't be at all disappointed to find that he's wrong, that the giving didn't result in some sort of return on the investment for myself. There's obviously a fine line to walk - as Grant describes, excessive Givers can be stomped on and left for dead by vicious Takers - but I've found that line easier and easier to balance as I've taken more and more care to pick and choose the right kind of people to involve in my life.

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