A facebook friend of mine posted this yesterday… ‘You get what you give…. Give everything you got!’. Quite an inspiring challenge, and it really made me think.
The recent publication of my book (sorry, I had to mention it) revealed the very generous nature of both people I haven’t spoken to in years, and people I really don’t yet even know on Social Media.
People genuinely want you to do well, and I got a real sense from the messages of congratulation and support I received, that some were also recognising the possibility for themselves. Here was somebody, just like them, who had done something, not extraordinary, but not everyday…and maybe a little unexpected; had put themselves out there to be shot down; had collected their thoughts and ideas, and got them down on paper. And while some will have thought, ‘not me…not in a million years’, I could tell others were thinking, ‘I could do that…I have something to say…let’s go!’
Giving is a powerful business ‘tool’ and can often be inspiring.
I am fortunate to be part of a broad small business community, full of business owners who are united by their willingness to give. Every day on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, in Linked In and Facebook Groups, they give…generously; their reports, how to videos, tips and tricks, lessons they’ve learned. Many of you reading this are amongst their number. And you don’t just give rubbish either…it’s often the very best of your intellectual property.
Yes of course, ultimately it’s all about making money. But the people who post their good stuff, who contribute to discussions and helpfully answer questions, are building relationships…they’re helping people to know, like and trust them. These people recognise that the most valuable gift they have to offer is themselves.
And because their motivation is to build strong trusted relationships…to give, to serve, to make things better for people and solve their problems…their business will be successful.
One of my favourite books ‘The Go Giver’ puts it like this…’what makes people attractive, magnetic even, is that they love to give. Givers attract, and have an army of personal ambassadors, who then want to see them succeed.’
The most valuable gift you have to give is you…your passion, your beliefs, your ideas and opinions…the unique, warts n all, genuine YOU.
You get what you give…how much have you given today?