10The Law of Giving

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, nineteenth-century writer and philosopher

Just as I was getting ready to make the leap from the finance industry to starting my own business, I attended the Columbia Women in Business (CWIB) conference and sat in on a panel about entrepreneurship. As someone daunted by the thought of going out on my own, I found myself particularly interested in one panelist named Amy. She had already successfully launched a business very similar in structure and services to the one I was planning. On top of that, Amy was articulate and eloquent when speaking about the experience on the panel. ...

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