Givers vs Takers

January 08, 2017 - Søren Alsbjerg Hørup

I recently watched the “Are you a giver or a taker?” TED talk by Adam Grant. Basically, there are three kinds of people: givers, takers and matchers. Where givers give more than they receive, takers take more than they give and matchers try to balance giving and taking equally.

The aim of the talk is to “promote a culture of generosity”, which I more or less read as “promote a culture where givers are recognized, empowered and given credit!“. Lately, I have been trying to notice in my “sphere” who are takers and who are givers. Recognizing matchers seems to be easiest since these people help you if you help them.

In any case, my personal aim is to help empower givers as much as I can, and figure out what I am in the eyes of others: a taker? a giver? or a matcher?