So far we have discussed two major traits smart people have:
- They are always willing to ask for help
- They’re always willing to try and figure things out on their own
You’re right to wonder how smart people could have two conflicting traits at the same time. The answer is in the previous post here. Have a read if you haven’t done so already.
Today we’ll be talking about a third trait that hugely compliments the first one. As a matter of fact, you can’t have one without the other. The first one was willingness to ask for help. The third is willingness to help.
If you help enough people get what they want, you will get what you want – Zig Ziglar
Zig Ziglar’s quote can be interpreted in so many different ways but we’ll address only two: the personal, humane perspective and the business perspective.
On a Personal Level
When you help, the first thing that happens is that you feel great! There’s no denying that it’s an amazing feeling you get when you help someone accomplish something. Even if it’s as simple as helping an elderly person cross the road. Remember the last time you did something like this and how great it felt?
Second, with the right people, an act of kindness isn’t easily forgotten. And although you’re helping just for the sake of it and expecting no return, be absolutely sure that should the time come, you’ll have people helping you to the best of their abilities.
Personally, I’ve been blessed by a number of people that stood by me in difficult times. I feel so grateful to them that to the rest of my life I’ll be offering them a helping hand and favoring them on myself if need be.
And lastly remember that a small act of kindness could be the start of something big, real big! You could be helping someone with something as simple as filling a new business registration form. They’ll take your help to heart as an act of encouragement that fuels their motivation and end up being a massive success because you sparked it.
Obviously, there are tons of other virtues to helping others. Way more than we can fit here. But we’d love to hear from you:
Why do you think helping others is good? Leave a comment below and let us know.
On a Business Level
You might be surprised that helping others could be a very good business! Indeed, helping others has been the core of every single major successful business.
Simply put, the best products or services are solutions to the most common problems. They don’t have to be big problems mind you!
- Facebook for example, helps solve the problem of sharing and networking online.
- Viagra sold over $900 million in 2004 helping solve a problem for men (and women)
Think of any other super successful business. At the core it helps solve a problem.
Take a moment now to think about your approach both to others and to your business. How willing are you to help others? And how does your business help solve others’ problem?
Two questions worth thinking about.
Until next time,