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3 Words You Shouldn't Say About Yourself, by Adam Grant

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Adam Grant writes that you should never EVER say "I'm a giver":

When I called myself a giver, I failed the test of humility.

Now, when people ask about my style, I tell them I hold the values of a giver, and I aspire to be one. But whether I succeed in living by those values is not my place to judge. It’s in the eye of the beholder.

A few months ago, I met with my publisher to plan a video trailer around the paperback release of my book. We thought this would be a fun theme to highlight, so I asked a few familiar faces to comment on their own generosity. Here’s what they said:

The lesson I learned: “I’m a giver” is off limits. Generosity is earned, not claimed. Leave it to other people to describe you as a giver—that’s the highest form of praise.

If that doesn’t happen, you can always name a website after yourself.


I had the idea for the video after watching two hilarious videos: Clinton Foundation: Celebrity Division and Matt Damon and Ben Affleck bickering

Both of those videos were created by Omaze, which raises money for charity with sweepstakes that put incredible experiences in reach.

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