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Ask of Your Needs, Share of Your Abundance
Published by Curt Bear on July 26th, 2018
Ask of your needs and share of your abundance.  A philosophy of life in fewer than 10 words.  Not THE philosophy of life mind you, but A philosophy of life that I’ve been pondering,  and the first value of LoCo Think Tank.

Ask of your needs… why is this so hard to do?  We see the signs around town and in major cities - hungry, they might say, or stranded, or anything helps.  And no doubt these signs are often true.  But these folks are not asking for what they need which is often understanding, and to be loved – a walk alongside in life for a time, or someone who believes in them after they may have ceased to believe in themselves.  For many of us, we might not even know what we need, or we don’t acknowledge it.  The bitter spouse, the anxious co-worker, the stressed out new parent at church – humans struggle to ask for what they need.  Because asking of our needs suggests weakness, weakness which is forbidden in the land of the strong individual.  I should point out also that needs are not the same things as wants.  I want a new car and a world tour, but I’ll have to work and save for them, and sacrifice other wants along the way.

…and share of your abundance.  Note first that this is not an either/or – Ask of Your Needs AND Share of Your Abundance.  This is a call for all of us to do both of these things.  Share – different than forfeit as this is a free-will act of generosity.  Don’t take what you perceive as my abundance; I want to share if you have need.

We understand why people struggle to ask of their needs, but why don’t more people share of their abundance?  Only a few have financial resources in abundance, but we all have something.  Maybe it’s time?  Business expertise?  Love?  In our culture, and even in our theories of economics, scarcity is the dominant mentality.  But if we look around, especially in this great nation, there is abundance all around.  And if you look at the bad things that people do, virtually all are done from the perspective of scarcity.  So it is imperative that we all work to shift our mindset - be grateful for the good things we already do have and effort to see the pathway to even greater abundance ahead. 

This is what we encourage our members to do at LoCo Think Tank.  Ask of Your Need is something many business owners and other leaders struggle with - the role can be isolating if you let it.  LoCo stands for LOcal COmmunity, but it’s also “make you crazy if you don’t talk to someone about your business challenges.”  So, we create a safe place for processing topics with other leaders who are facing or have faced similar challenges.  And we build a group with diversity; a financial expert, and a marketer, a culture builder, and an engineer, a talented salesperson and a visionary - ask this group of your needs.  They’ll have perspective and experience that inform your decision and help provide clarity. 

And Share of Your Abundance - we make it clear when candidates are preparing to join - your member dues includes the special skill or talent you bring to the table every month.  Bring it, share it, and be blessed by the sharing.  We don’t do it perfectly, but as relationships grow so does trust.  Asking of your needs becomes less of a big deal, and sharing of your abundance is just something you do.

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