It was August, 2003. I had been in network marketing for eight years, and for the first time in years I was thinking, “Is it worth it?” It’s tough to walk away when you’ve experienced monthly incomes of $10,000 and $12,000. But truth be known, business was down, and the prospect of doing “one more call” was no longer appetizing.
We’ve all heard the advice that we should work harder on ourselves than we do on our jobs. Despite hitting a rough patch, I was still searching for answers and reading all the books I could on business and personal development. That’s when I came across a concept called “tithing,” and I must say it was the last thing I wanted to hear about, considering my then-current financial situation.
The principle of tithing is to give 10 percent of your gross earning (before expenses and taxes) to God. By doing so, you forge your relationship and partnership with God, and He looks out for you.* The tithe must go directly to your church or place of spiritual sustenance. It can also be given to charities that operate in the name of your God or church, but money given to other types of charities does not count as part of this 10 percent. I was hesitant…
The Miracle of Tithing
When your income is down, the natural reaction is to shift, consciously or unconsciously, into “scarcity” mode: the little you do have you save, protect and hoard, in an effort to spend as little as possible. Unfortunately, this way of being cuts you off from the flow of money and prevents new income from entering into your life.
I heard that once you start giving, the “law of ten” comes into play. This is based on the premise that you can’t out-give your partner God: if you give him 10 percent, He will give you ten to a hundred times in return—one way or another.
I have to be honest, I started in a place of “giving to get.” I figured, nothing else was working, so why not give this tithing concept a try?
In August, I gave 10 percent to my church—and nothing happened. In September, business was up a little, but nothing great. October looked better, November grew a lot (because of a company promotion) and December was down. In January, I decided to try something different and work in a new way on the Internet. That’s when everything changed overnight for me. I became excited about my business again!
In the next eleven months, my income catapulted from $8,000 per month to over $28,000 per month. As my income grew, so did the size of my tithing. Two years later I became a self-made millionaire at the age of twenty-nine.
How It Works
“Nice story,” you might say, “but couldn’t that have been just a coincidence?” I think not, and here’s why: when my business was down and I just kept hoarding money, I would have never been open to try or invest in a new method. I would have just kept gripping onto an old methodology that was no longer exciting for me. I would not have grown. Who knows, maybe I wouldn’t even be in network marketing today.
When you start giving 10 percent, you program your subconscious mind that “there is more than I need.” With that mindset, you attract what you are. Once you go from “there is not enough” to “I have more than I need,” more is given to you. You meet and attract people, circumstances, friends and opportunities that would never become available to someone in a scarcity mindset.
Still not convinced to take the leap into tithing? In addition to my personal story, let me give you some other examples that confirm what this mindset can yield:
Some of the wealthiest people throughout modern history attribute their success to tithing, including the Rockefeller, Heinz, Kraft and Colgate families.
J.L. Kraft, head of the Kraft Cheese Corporation, who had given approximately 25 percent of his enormous income to Christian causes for many years, said, “The only investment I ever made which has paid consistently increasing dividends is the money I have given to the Lord.”
J.D. Rockefeller said, “I never would have been able to tithe the first million dollars I ever made if I had not tithed my first salary, which was $1.50 per week.”
May the Force Be with You
By whatever name you call your God, know that He is your silent partner. Talk about a partner to have! If you keep your commitment to Him, He will reciprocate. If you give to God, He blesses what is left.
Consider this: who do you think has the best insight into which network marketing company will do well, which recruiting system will grow fastest, which stocks to buy, where property values will grow the most, what countries to invest in? If there was ever a partner with some good insight into the future, I think God would be that partner. Omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient, God cannot be outdone. What you give to Him will be returned to you tenfold or even a hundredfold.
True prosperity has a spiritual basis. Remember, God is the Source of your supply. There is an old quote, “God knows where the gold is,” and if you choose Him as your partner, He’ll show you. Start tithing today!
* For readers who do not relate to the concept of God
referred to as “He” or “Lord,” think of it as the benevolent
unified force or energy field that supports all life.—Ed. note
TOM HAYES started his network marketing business at age
seventeen to earn a living while attending Columbia University.
By age twenty-nine, he had built a large network all around the
world. At age thirty,he continues to expand his business globally
and also has become an adept investor. Tom and his wife
Kaitlyn reside in Ridgefield, Connecticut and were featured
in the May/June 2008 issue of Networking Times.