Create Abundance by Giving it Away

By Carolyn Edlund

Recently, when paging through my copy of  The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea, I was struck by the following sentence:

“Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first.”

That is a truth that many people, caught up in their race to get ahead, fail to realize.  It is actually by building other people up, by recommending and referring them, by congratulating and recognizing their achievements, that we build our own influence and become recognized.

We create abundance in our own lives by giving it to other people. If you want to increase your business, refer business to others. Our networking communities work best when everyone lifts up everyone else.

Interestingly, that same day I received a gracious recommendation from Euphrosene Labon, who was bestowing Kreativ Blogger awards and gave one to Artsy Shark.  She called it “paying it forward”, and she was right!!  I appreciate your thoughtfulness, Euphrosene.  In that same spirit, I am passing awards onto blogs that I follow and recommend.

The brainchild of Huldas Verden (yes, this blog is in Norwegian!), the Kreativ Blogger award comes with the following requirements:

The Rules

  1. You must thank the person who has given you the award.
  2. Copy the logo and place it on your own blog.
  3. Link the person who has nominated you for the award.
  4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
  5. Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers
  6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
  7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated.

7 Things You Don’t Know About Me

  1. I have owned four convertibles – a 1966 VW bug, two Fiat Spiders and a Sebring.
  2. My very favorite vacation place is Bermuda.
  3. I like to swim laps for exercise.
  4. My dogs have their own web pages on
  5. Favorite food:  scallop fettucine Oreo cheesecake Maryland steamed crabs
  6. I collect ceramic and contemporary art.
  7. I read about thirty books a year.

I nominate the following blogs for Kreativ Blogger Awards:

  1. Escape from Illustration Island
  2. Red Lemon Club
  3. The Stuck Creative
  4. Road Rage Blog
  5. ChaRene Graphic Design
  6. Morber Marketing Group
  7. Art Print Issues by Barney Davey

Each one of these blogs is exceptional and I have learned a lot from all of them. I commend the authors for a job well done and am happy to present these awards!


  1. Great article, and very true. I find that the more I give and share, the more comes back to me.

    Also, I too LOVE Maryland steamed crabs! Learned how to pick them at the young age of 3. Sadly, I only get to enjoy them once every 2 years or so when I fly back to Maryland to visit family!

  2. Thanks for EFII’s inclusion in your list, Carolyn. I really appreciate the nod. Keep up the great work!


  3. Maria, your blog at was on my list to receive an award. But then I found out that you had already received one! So I refrained ~ unless you want two!

  4. It’s a crazy cycle, and seems so simple. As soon as you’re willing to give and give and give, reciprocation is bound to happen.

    It’s easy to get caught up in trying to get ahead, but with a little patience and persistence, it will naturally happen over and over again.

  5. Thank you Carolyn for the award AND for this post! I totally agree with you….the way to success is through supporting and encouraging those around us.

    Thanks again Carolyn for all of your hard work on Artsy Shark and in the community!

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