“The more I help out, the more successful I become. But I measure success in what it has done for the people around me. That is the real accolade.”
— Adam Grant
Even in a quarantined world, we have dozens of interactions with other people each day. From the grocery store worker to our boss to the emails you send your clients, we’re in a constant state of giving and taking.
Here’s an idea: try to give more than you take in every single scenario.
Be cheerful to the cashier and help bag your own groceries. Do something from your boss that she doesn’t expect from you. Send your clients an article or podcast that they’d find valuable – and don’t ask for anything in return.
Jim Rohn says that “life gives to the givers and takes from the takers.” In my first few years in the business world, I’ve seen that take place. Salespeople that think of their clients’ needs first have shot past the “one call closers.” The people that help connect other people together have way better networks than those that always ask to “pick your brain”.
There is a Gary V concept called The 51/49 Rule: in each interaction, be the person to give at least 51% of the value.
Keep that in mind with all of your interactions today.