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The Five Minute Favour

Aha! Moment Monday

It’s not uncommon for business professionals to trade favours.  They say “Your network is your net worth” which proves true when you know someone, somewhere who can fill any gap somehow.

I’m not talking about bartering, per se, but more in terms of seeking advice, connections, donations, collaboration, brainstorming, mentorship or even employment.  Especially for start-ups or entrepreneurs – initiating anything from a business to a charity tournament – it’s nice to know you have people in your network that in some capacity can help you reach an enlightened outcome.  After all, you would do the same for them, right??

But does it have to always be about trading?  Should there be a check-and-balance system to track favours?

Aha! ~ Think in terms of paying it forward as opposed to giving it back

“When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.”  ~ attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer, physicist, biologist and artist.

Paying forward is an advancing philosophy which doesn’t require any form of settling the score.  You’re never in debt nor will anyone owe you.  Besides, “You should be willing to do something that will take you five minutes or less for anybody.” ~ Adam Rifkin.

Give away five minutes.  When it comes back, and it will, it’s unlikely to be from the source to which you gave, which makes the whole “we’re ALL connected” thing so very powerful.

How does it feel to have the entire universe in your corner?


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