The great medieval Jewish philosopher, Maimonides (Moses Maimon, 1135 – 1204), defined the eight levels of charity this way:
A person gives, but only when asked by the poor.
A person gives, but is glum when giving.
A person gives cheerfully, but less than he or she can.
A person throws money into the house of someone who is poor. Now the poor know who gave them help and the giver, too, knows whom he or she has benefited.
A person throws money into the house of someone who is poor. The poor person does not know whom he or she is indebted, but the donor knows whom he or she has helped.
A person gives a donation in a certain place and then turns away so that he or she does not know which of the poor has been helped, but the poor person knows to whom he or she is indebted.
A person gives anonymously to a fund for the poor. Here the poor do not know to whom they are indebted, and the donor does not know who has been helped.
But the highest form of giving is this:
Money is given to prevent another person from becoming poor, such a providing a job, teaching a trade, or setting up a person in business so as to spare that person the dreadful alternative of holding out a hand for charity. This is the highest step and the summit of charity’s golden ladder.
This last and highest form of charity points the way to one of the best hopes of the poor today in the majority world: micro and mid-sized economic development through organizations … that lend money to people in need to enable them to start a business.
Interestingly I was not looking for a quote or information on charity when I bumped into this reference. I had purchased the book, Work Matters – lessons from scripture by R. Paul Stevens as a reference on a study of work I wanted to put into a lesson I was preparing. The section in which the reference was found notes that God is predisposed to provide for the poor and needy. Part of His plan can obviously include our providing the resources to provide work for those in need. This is noted as the highest form of charity in the reference.
Work Matters - Lessons from Scripture
R. Paul Stevens
William B. Publishing Company
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
Every once in a while you bump into a book or other item which you have forgotten about. That is the case of Hyrum Smith’s book which I picked up during my Franklin Planner days. During the days of a previous President CEO although not mandatory, it became the organizations time management system of choice. This included the company trainer being contracted to provide mass introduction and training on the system.
The good news is the book and 10 Natural Laws do not need the manual Franklin Planner system to make sense or be worthwhile. The laws listed below are still worth reflecting on if not studying in depth. Take a look and see what you think.
You control your life by controlling your time.
Your governing values are the foundation of personal fulfillment.
When your daily activities reflect your governing values, you expect inner peace.
To reach any significant goal, you must leave your comfort zone.
Daily planning leverages time through increased focus.
Your behavior is a reflection of what you truly believe.
You satisfy needs when your beliefs are in line with reality.
Negative behaviors are overcome by changing incorrect beliefs.
Your self-esteem must ultimately come from within.
Give more and you’ll have more.
Which of the 10 Laws above would provide you with the highest impact if you focused on it?
What do you have to do to turn it into one of your habits?
Now, which is the next Law to focus on?
Repeat the sequence above as needed.
The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management - Proven Strategies for Increased Productivity and Inner Peace
Hyrum W. Smith
“It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.”
Forbes Book of Business Quotations
(New York, NY: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 1997), P. 175
As a business leader I recognize my role in society.
My purpose is to lead people and manage resources to create value that no single individual can create alone.
My decisions affect the well-being of individuals inside and outside my enterprise, today and tomorrow.
Therefore, I promise that:
I will manage my enterprise with loyalty and care, and will not advance my personal interests at the expense of my enterprise or society.
I will understand and uphold, in letter and spirit, the laws and contracts governing my conduct and that of my enterprise.
I will refrain from corruption, unfair competition, or business practices harmful to society.
I will protect the human rights and dignity of all people affected by my enterprise, and I will oppose discrimination and exploitation.
I will protect the right of future generations to advance their standard of living and enjoy a healthy planet.
I will report the performance and risks of my enterprise accurately and honestly.
I will invest in developing myself and others, helping the management profession continue to advance and create sustainable and inclusive prosperity.
In exercising my professional duties according to these principles, I recognize that my behavior must set an example of integrity, eliciting trust and esteem from those I serve. I will remain accountable to my peers and to society for my actions and for upholding these standards.
Leadercast Nowprovides daily videos to help you grow. Most recently I have been particularly interested in the younger generation and how their outlook is so different from a baby boomer like myself. In this short clip Dr. Rebecca (Becky) Barker provides insight provided by college students and their reaction to the word no. Take a look and see how you can bring this difference into your everyday interactions and while working with this generation.
These ten books are a great way to fill your mind with the right ideas and prepare to excel in the coming year. Inc. Magazine contributor John Rampton suggests the following books to round out your ability to participate networking and discussion opportunities. Take a look and at least become familiar with several of the following. I have to admit that I have only read the last one, Talk Like TED so my work is cut out for me.
In the words of John Rampton, “Every entrepreneur can benefit from the wisdom of our peers, whether we’re learning about how to build a business or how to promote it. Attending workshops and networking meetings are a great way to accomplish this, but most small business owners must choose these opportunities wisely, since time is limited.
In addition to squeezing a few conferences in each year, every entrepreneur should have a stack business books on hand. These books can serve as daily inspiration as you deal with the issues every business leader faces.”