Andreas Vetr

GENEROSITY: A candle loses nothing by lighting another.

GENEROSITY: A candle loses nothing by lighting another.

Great leaders like win-win situations. Let’s look at two examples of this that may be representative of many:    

  • A young economics student founded the search engine “Ecosia” which, in contrast to large search engine companies, pursued a sustainable approach and used 80% of its profits to plant several million trees, thus improving the livelihoods of people and animals in many ways.

This shows how generosity and win-win can be integrated by someone combining a successful business idea with a positive social and environmental contribution.

  • In the 1970s, former naval officer Jean Vanier left his career to support people with intellectual disabilities. He founded the first “L’Arche” community in which people with and without disabilities live together. Despite initial difficulties, the movement grew quickly and spread worldwide.

Vanier’s sacrifice to give up his career led to a global movement that emphasized the dignity of every individual and helped countless people.

If you can give something up at the beginning, you will get many times over at the end of the day. This is how generosity works.

Reflection questions:

  • What do I mean by win/win?
  • Am I a give-first or a receive-first person?
  • What do I expect? What am I afraid of?  
  • Do I see myself as generous?
  • Am I a candle that is already burning or am I waiting to be lit?  

English:

GENEROSITY: A candle loses nothing by lighting another

Excellent leaders favor Win-Win situations.

Let’s look at two examples that represent many:

  1. A young economics student founded the search engine “Ecosia,” which pursued a sustainable approach in contrast to major search engine companies and planted several million trees with 80% of its profits, significantly improving the livelihoods of both people and animals.

This demonstrates how generosity and Win-Win can be integrated by combining a successful business idea with a positive social and ecological impact.

  1. In the 1970s, former naval officer Jean Vanier left his career to support people with intellectual disabilities. He founded the first “L’Arche” community, where people with and without disabilities live together. Despite initial challenges, the movement grew rapidly and spread worldwide.

Vanier’s sacrifice of his career led to a global movement that emphasizes the dignity of every individual and has helped countless people.

Those who can give up something at the beginning receive multiple times back at the end of the day. That’s how generosity works.

Reflection questions:

  • What is Win/Win for me?
  • Am I someone who prefers to give first or receive first?
  • What do I expect? What do I fear?
  • Do I see myself as generous?
  • Am I a candle already burning, or do I expect to be lit?