Chapter Eleven The Obligation To Give Back

Nobody is completely self-made;return the favors and good fortune.

Giving is my favorite topic. I hardly know where to begin. Let’s start with a disturbing revelation about a president I greatly admired and respected, Richard Nixon. As White House special assistant and staff secretary, I got to see details of his tax filings before the IRS returns were released to the public. In 1971, for instance, he gave only $500 to charity on a declared income in excess of $400,000. I was shocked. To me, that pittance was more onerous than Watergate.

Philanthropy ought to be the preeminent ingredient in everyone’s recipe for material gain. No matter what the field, no star of any success story is a totally self-made ...

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