To build a successful company, you have to figure it out. You have to learn how to do it, starting with insight from others—but ultimately, you have to do it. Alan Dabbiere is a great example of somebody who learned how to build a business—and then did it again.
The difference between givers who climb the success ladder and those who struggle comes in who they do their giving to. The most successful givers are strategic when they give: they will give generously to fellow givers as well as to takers, but they will be very cautious about giving to takers.