Giving It All Away...and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously
Self-made billionaire David Green, founder of America's craft store giant Hobby Lobby, tells shares the secrets he's learned to building a powerful legacy.
Generosity. It's the foundation for building a lasting legacy not just of money but also of the enduring values of faith, family, and openhanded living. In this book--part memoir, part personal manifesto--David Green shares lessons that can help you reap benefits for multiple generations.
In 1970, Green began making picture frames in his garage. With hard work, he and his wife, Barbara, turned that grassroots beginning into the world's largest privately owned arts-and-crafts retailer, employing thirty-two thousand people in more than seven hundred stores across forty-seven states.
Green's story includes inside details of the 2014 Supreme Court case over Hobby Lobby's right-to-life stance. But it's not all about business. Giving It All Away . . . and Getting It All Back Again changes the paradigm by emphasizing that true wealth is more than money--it's about faith, family, intellectual capital, and spiritual capital.
He has stayed true to this philosophy by adhering to three principles, which he shares in the book:
- Work with all your heart for God, not men
- Hold your plans lightly because you don't know what God has in store
- And consider now what you want your legacy to be
Green sees the life of giving as a life of adventure. But it's a life that pays the best rewards personally, offers a powerful legacy to your family, and changes those you touch.
David Green is the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby, the largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer in the world. Hobby Lobby employs over 33,000 people, operates 800 stores in forty-seven states, and grosses more than $5 billion dollars a year. Currently David serves on the Board of Reference for Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2013, he was honored by receiving the World Changer award and is also a past Ernst & Young national retail/consumer Entrepreneur of the Year Award recipient. In 2017, the Green family opened the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC.
Bill High practiced law for twelve years before becoming the CEO of The Signatry. His mission is to help others live a life of significance through family, legacy, and generosity. He and his wife, Brooke, have four children, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren. He can be found at billhigh.com and thesignatry.com.