Robert Kiyosaki, finance guru and author of the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Retire Young, Retire Rich, has been quoted as saying: “The easiest way to become rich is by being generous… to become rich by serving more people.” Now, this is a new way of looking at generosity: It is something borne out of service and goodwill to other human beings and not the charity of giving only from one’s excesses. What’s more, he links true generosity with true wealth.
Kiyosaki likens generosity to a seed planted by someone that will bear fruit in the form of abundance later on.
Many parents today put a lot of emphasis on responsible saving, but what they fail to consider is responsible generosity as well. This is something that will benefit the entire family, particularly their kids who learn from them.
The value of generosity “I see the value of teaching my kids about generosity because I want to help them be aware of the world out there that’s bigger than them,” says Rochelle Bonifacio-Prado, freelance writer and mom of three. “Teaching my kids this concept is a must.”
Mayang Sison-Pascual, a financial consultant, family counselor, and mother of five agrees, “Generosity is the essence of Christianity. If we truly live by our faith and values, then we model it to our kids as regular acts of generosity—for actions speak louder than words.”
“Our society has become so materialistic,” An-Marie Villarin, preschool director and mother of one, explains. “A lot of children, and even adults, need instant gratification. We’re so used to getting everything we want when we want them and we throw tantrums when we don’t get them. Giving back to the less fortunate teaches children empathy, respect for others, and how to moderate their needs and wants.”