“FROM WHAT WE GET, WE CAN MAKE A LIVING; WHAT WE GIVE, HOWEVER, MAKES A LIFE.”– ARTHUR ASHE
We encounter different people along life’s path. It is no mistake that the people you meet came into your life at that very moment.
How do you make each encounter memorable? Do you look at each meeting, each path-crossing, as an opportunity to make a difference in the other person’s life?
I’m a big believer in two adages:
- You’ve got to give, give, give before you get, get, get; and the more you give, the more you get.” – Joe Charbonneau
- “A rising tide lifts all ships.” – Unknown
You should be a believer in giving back. Always share the skills and information you’ve gleaned along the way. Doing so will help everyone you reach. Many become stingy with their ideas and creativity, and that’s a shame. I believe in throwing as much out there as possible. When I do, it comes back to me ten-fold – and then some.
The more you share and contribute to the flow of information, the more you get in return.
This same concept holds true when working with clients, family and peers. There are some things, such as proprietary methodologies, which are off limits for disclosure; but the fact still remains that the more you share and contribute to the flow of information, the more you get in return.
Today, I encourage you to look for ways to help someone in your organization. Teach them how something is done. Be patient and persistent; and you will be perceived as an approachable leader and trusted advisor. What better gift could you ask for? You just might make a huge difference in someone’s life!
Get more by giving more away. It’s surprising how that works!
Very special thanks to Cliff Quicksell, MAS+ for his great insight.