5 out of 5 stars: Clay Water Brick tells the story of Jessica Jackley, cofounder of Kiva and unlikely entrepreneur. I bought this book immediately after hearing her speak at the MA Women's Conference because her story inspired me: she's a normal, average person, just like any of us. With great talent, of course. But the world did not unfold at her feet the way it has for many of the successful people who write books these days, and for that, I knew hers would be the one to read.
Full Title: Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success, by Adam Grant
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At the crux of this book is the idea that society (and American society in particular) values individualism over altruism. When we traditionally think about success, we focus on individual qualities: hard work, talent, passion. Grant argues that rather than success being wholly dependent on oneself, it is increasingly reliant on others and how we interact with them.
As we get into the holiday spirit, I keep thinking more and more about giving. Why we give, and at what time of year, and what things we choose to give. Though it may seem like it's all-or-nothing or just "a holiday thing," I argue that you can give back any time—here's how. >>