How to be Generous Without Feeling Used

flower-in-hand-Kathy CaprinoIf you’re like me, you want to be generous to others, and give help in an abundant, loving way to those who need it. You also want to feel like you’re making a difference, that you aren’t stingy with your heart, time and knowledge. But if you’re like me, working in a helping profession or support capacity as your livelihood, that can be really difficult at times.

I hear from hundreds of people each month who are deeply longing for assistance with their lives, work and businesses, and I can find myself frustrated and exhausted, feeling disappointed that, as one person, I’m just not enough. And sometimes, I stretch myself too thin, and then feel resentful.

Every year, I’ll have a period of time where this conflict – feeling generous vs. feeling used – comes up for me in a new way that makes me stop in my tracks. This month, I had an experience once again that prompted me to rethink the issue once more.

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Kathy Caprino

Kathy Caprino

Kathy Caprino, M.A. is an international career and leadership coach and consultant, and Founder/President of Kathy Caprino, LLC, a top-level career coaching firm dedicated to the advancement of women in business. A former corporate VP, trained family therapist and active coach, speaker and leadership trainer, Kathy has worked with over 20,000 mid- to high-level professionals across 6 continents in a wide range of industries, organizations and functions. She's coached individuals at Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, academia, government, and startups and has served as a graduate instructor for New York University and a speaker/trainer for top and professional growth organizations including Network of Executive Women and the Pennsylvania Conference for Women. She is a Senior Forbes contributor and a trusted career voice on LinkedIn, Thrive Global and in the nation's top media. Kathy is also the author of Breakdown, Breakthrough and her latest book, The Most Powerful You: 7 Bravery-Boosting Paths to Career Bliss. For more information, visit, her new course The Most Powerful You, and tune into her podcast Finding Brave. Connect with her at @kathycaprino on LinkedIn, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and on Facebook (@ElliaCommunications).

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