I have noticed a trend within myself recently: The more I help others when they ask the more I tend to get from others when I ask.
I am not sure if its a natural phenomenon, me being more attentive to others needs or others starting to be more in-tune with where I sit in our industry. Regardless, I discovered really cool things happen when I am more open to giving to people.
The giving I am referring to is of my time, relationships and mind-share. This realization has come to my attention as younger founders or less experienced entrepreneurs more frequently reach out to me for help, perspective or introductions. This is natural, fine with me – given they are respectful in their ask – and something I enjoy doing.
Yes, that means I’d be open to responding to you too if you need it!
Interestingly, many times when I meet with someone they are very thankful and surprised with how generous I seem to be. My response: I feel it’s what we are supposed to do if we are farther down the road in our journey than someone else (referring to providing guidance and intro’s if the situation calls for it.) All I ask is they do it too once they are at a level where they can help others in this way. Most first time founders don’t run in the same circles as investors or wealthy former founders, and they have to get connected somehow, someway. Founders getting introduced to well known people, investors or customers was how pretty much how this whole industry got started. Let’s keep it going…
The interesting thing I notice is how much natural karma is created when you are genuinely more open to helping people when they reach out.
The adage I now live by: help people first and people will no doubt help you.