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One of the most rewarding things in life is the opportunity to help others achieve their goals and dreams. I remember very clearly the many people who have helped me along my way. I’ll never forget their kindness and generosity. I try to keep this in mind as a guide for how I can help others.
While this sounds like a nice thing to do, you may be wondering why I think this is important. Helping others is not only personally gratifying, but it also bears fruit that impacts your business and your own life.
When you help employees achieve their dreams, their satisfaction levels and loyalty benefit the company. When you help people external to the company, you strengthen relationships and will almost always find that these people will move mountains to return the favour when needed.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve won business because someone I helped referred a client to me, or even better, became a client when they had the ability / budget to do so.
When you take the time to help others, you are sharing your experience and resources in a way that you may not have been able to do without your business journey. This is a privilege. It is an honour to help someone else—be it as a mentor through your work, your network, or other setting. When you participate in helping someone else achieve what is important to him/her, you are acknowledging his or her value as a person—and how much he/she means to you.
When you do it in the workplace, you are using your position and/or company’s privileges or assets to advance someone else, which also validates the person and his / her goals. At the end of the day, we’re all people pursuing our dreams. We’re not just web developers and salesmen and architects and plumbers—we are people with families and aspirations.
Think outside the box. Make it your business to find out what is important to those around you. When you do, not only is it appreciated by the people you have helped, but others can see that you take a genuine interest in those around you, and this can generate followers loyal to you.
Helping others doesn’t mean large, monumental deeds. Here are a few simple ways to help others that are probably doable for you:
- Making time to do an information interview with a college student or colleague who is between jobs and considering entering your industry? Could you go one step further and help him or her get an additional interview with one of your colleagues that he or she could not have gotten without your help?
- Would you be willing to mentor someone who is just starting his company or who is a young professional joining the field?
- Can you help an employee achieve one of his/her goals by providing flexible hours or creative scheduling to enable him/her to pursue additional education, training, or certification, or to compete in sports or artistic competitions?
- Might you provide discounted or pro bono services to an area non-profit organization or serve a term on its Board?
- Could you utilize an intern in your office?
- Would you be willing to let someone between jobs use an empty desk in your office? (Often it is motivating to get up and get dressed, leave the house, and “go to work” finding work.)
- Do you meet from time to time with others in the GMA or the Chamber—people you know in the community—to find out what they are up to and how you might be able to help them?
I’ve found that it is impossible to out-give your blessings professionally. It sounds cliché, but it’s true. The more I take the time to help others achieve their dreams, the more my own business prospers. I challenge you to try it yourself and hope you will let me know how it works out.
The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.
Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.
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Nick Thorne is the founder of Nick’s Digital Solutions Limited. He lives in Levin, New Zealand.