No one has ever become poor by giving.― Anne Frank
… Quite the contrary, people gain by giving.
There is a disturbing trend, people hesitating to answer a question, to offer advice, to “waste” whatever little time (in a fast paced world) they have or provide information that they may have wanted to keep to themselves for some future need. More simply, people are “too busy”and the world around them is “not a priority” … at least that is the message conveyed.
I have dealt with people who portray one image online or in public and a different one one-on-one. It doesn’t matter how successful they become in the eyes of the public, it is in those critical moments where an impression is made. I have been witness to people complaining about others who ask for help, my feedback is consistent, “why does it bother you so much?”.
The truth is, missing the opportunity to help is like missing a rare opportunity to build and evolve your career, reputation and engage in self-reflection … and what we forget is that what we give, is what we get, especially for those in mid-career.
From experience, there is nothing more satisfying than helping someone else solve a problem, nothing, not even a raise or a promotion! Unless that raise or promotion will help someone else as well.
Next time someone emails you with a question, answer it even if you don’t know … don’t ignore it.
Next time someone asks you to advise them, go ahead, listen and share the best that you know … don’t hesitate.
Next time someone asks you to help them review something, find an hour to spare … don’t belittle what they are asking for.
Do not miss this opportunity !
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