The Contribution Factor
What is the contribution factor?
It is pretty much just what it sound like – it is about opening up yourself to receive, by first giving of yourself.
Contribution – is something given or offered that adds (value) to the larger whole; Your life, is God’s contribution to the world – to add value to it, to bring pieces together, to make it better off, because you were born…
Your contribution is what you were born to give away…
The contribution factor is the way you decide to use your life, your gifts, your abilities, and your strengths, to add value to your community, family, nation, and the lives of those you were born to touch.
The Contribution Factor is “your personal commitment to share your abilities, your ideas, your insight etc as valuable commodities that others can greatly benefit from”.
Imagine what the world would be like today if Thomas Edison didn’t share his ideas and contributions about the light bulb, or if Bill Gates didn’t have a personal commitment to get a computer in every home, Do you think you and I would be able to share this time together if it weren’t for those two inventions?
Or what if God hadn’t share His only Son Jesus Christ with the world…
Or if Jesus never fulfilled His personal commitment to share His life…
How different do you think the world would be?
Contribution can happen simply because of the way you do or give something, and in many cases, being a little innovative can go a long way to sharing what your life has to offer.
If you look around in our world today, you’d quickly realize that our world is hurting for “Innovative Thinkers”; they are in great demand, but little supply.
In a study of the world’s top CEO’s and Organization Leaders, IBM found that:
- most leaders identify “creativity” as the single most important leadership competency for enterprises seeking a path through the complexity/difficulties of a changing world over the next few years
This means that more than an Ivy League School Degree, contribution through creativity was seen as the number one skill needed by the world top leaders in both private and public sector.
Some of your most rewarding and best life contributions can come from your ability to bring existing elements together, to create an entirely new way of approaching a problem, or serving others – the world calls it innovation or “innovative thinking”.
Being In Innovative Contributor
To become an innovative contributor requires that you are able to see different element that can be combined to produce more powerful results, which means you need to have a big enough perspective to see things from different angles, and how they could work together.
The way you develop this kind of perspective is to literally become a life student of what you passionately what to contribute to others.
The three basic elements that are contributed or combined in various ways to make a contribution are:
- TIME – Time is by far the most valuable and important resource that we can possibly share with others as our contribution to building lives, improving our communities, or helping to advance our world in different sectors of achievement.
Think about the Father who works hard providing for his children, but makes time to take his sons out camping where he can teach them how to be men in a complex world; or what about the Youth Leader who spends her Friday night teaching young people how to be better individuals and leaders in their communities.
There are so many ways to contribute and give of ourselves but sharing your time has the highest value because it is the only resource you can’t get back once it is given away.
- TALENT – Talent has to do with your abilities, skills, and your gifting.Some people volunteer both their time and talent to help other out.
Think about the soup kitchens around the world where individuals would spend time cooking to feed homeless people or those who have had bad breaks in their lives; or how about the attorney who works with at-risk-teens in her spare time to help guide and keep them on the right path while keeping them out of prison and from becoming victims of their environments.You can use your talents or abilities to make a valuable contribution or deposit into the lives of others.
- TREASURE – Treasure has to do with your wealth, money, or finances; this is often by far seem the easiest way to contribute but it is by no means the least.
It is reported that in 1993, Bill and Melinda Gates took a walk on the beach and made a big decision: to give their Microsoft wealth back to society – and it was from that decision the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was born.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF or the Gates Foundation) is one of the largest private foundations in the world, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. It was launched in 2000 and is said to be the largest transparently operated private foundation in the world. It is “driven by the interests and passions of the Gates family”.
The primary aims of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology. The foundation, based in Seattle, Washington, is controlled by its three trustees: Bill Gates, Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. [source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_%26_Melinda_Gates_Foundation]
The only question which remains is how will you be remembered when your story is told by either your children, community, or the world at larger?
Will your legacy be that of a giver, a contributor – someone who was passionate about using their life to solve a specific problem that existed with our world?
Only you can decide this – because only you can make the contribution you are born to give!
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