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Are You An Energy Giver Or An Energy Taker?

We’re all both sometimes

I’d been collaborating with a community leader on a local project. They had to make the decisions, I was delivering the session. They were incredibly busy with other things and I felt bad any time I took up any of their bandwith.

“Andy,” they said, “There are people who give you energy when you spend time with them, and other people who need to take energy from you.”

They paused and then laughed.

“You are firmly in the former category, so don’t worry about it!”

It’s one of the biggest compliments I have ever received. Sometimes, when I know I’m in a negative space of hours, days or even weeks, I try to remind myself of two things:

  • It’s OK to need to take energy from others. Be grateful.
  • I can be that energy giver again.

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