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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Charles Feeney --- philanthropist--

Charles Feeney is a very good example of how a rich man should live his life.

He is the "anonymous" donor of $350 million dollars to Cornell University. He is an Irish American businessman and philanthropist. He became rich as a co-founder of Duty Free Shoppers Group. He made a lot of donations to different kind of institutions.

His philosophy is "Giving While Living". He actually does not own a house or a car, flies coach and wears a $15 watch.

I admire the way this person lives his life, I could actually count with my fingers how many I know who lives like him.

If you see celebrities and athletes -- they live the opposite way. Extravant, lavish and selfish. They buy jewelries that could actually buy a shelter that could house a whole bunch of homeless people. They buy cars that could actually feed 1,000 hungry people. They buy houses that could actually clothe countless people that needs it to warm them in the cold weather.

Feeney -- lives his life as normal and as frugal as possible. He said "I set out to work hard, not to get rich." "I had one idea that never changed my mind--that you should use your wealth to help people."

I think other wealthy people should look up to Charles Feeney because this man is awesome! He lives his life by giving. I remembered my father telling me when I was a kid, he said "the more you give--the more you receive". No wonder, this man would never be poor because God is blessing him even more because he is sharing his blessings to other people.

Thinking about it -- I think we should give more -- even little things because it's not the value that counts, it's the thought of giving.
  • Give more time to my kids

  • Give more love to my husband

  • Give more dedication to my job

  • Give more effort on blogging
Just give, give, give...and never expect to receive. You will be surprised that you will!

What about you? Are you willing to give?

10 comments:

  1. you're definitely right smart momma, how could those rich celebrities and athletes waste their money to useless things!

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  2. I agree with you Melissa! Do you also agree that the more you give, the more you receive?

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  3. heck no!! why would i give the money that i worked hard for!!??? no way!!!

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  4. Roger - I don't blame you at all. It is human nature to protect what we own but isn't it promising to think that there will be numerous people that you can help and will be happy if you share what you have?

    think about it...

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  5. Melissa, I don't think a benz or volvo is useless. I could use one!! lol!

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