When the economy went south a few years ago, the first thing to do is think of yourself first. How do you get a job out of grad school? How will you pay back your loans? When you have a bad day at work, many people take it out on the people they run into, or close themselves off until they get home.
But it turns out that now more than ever we are rewarded for being generous. Generous not just with your money, but with your time, your ideas, your talent and the products you create.
Taking time to respond to someone who needs your help. Talking to them about your job, your industry or your school. Taking time to ask questions rather than talk about yourself. To not just listen but hear their story and show empathy. Taking time to help someone open a door, or let someone pass you in line when they are in a hurry.
It turns out that when you do these things naturally (not for a reward) people will gravitate to you. And they’ll do it quickly.
In today’s internet driven world, this is even easier, since we are more “connected” to people, but as a result more “disconnected” than ever. Giving someone the gift of your time and attention will help you stand out, help create a real connection, make people feel more human and give you the potential to make more change than ever.
So why not give it a try? Invite someone to an event you’re hosting as a special guest. Share information on a new project you’re working on that might delight them. Create a community of people in your town to come together and find change. Listen to more people’s stories. Hold the door open for someone.
It doesn’t always matter what you do, but sometimes the smallest things sometimes make the biggest difference. So start small. Today is a perfect day for small acts of generosity
Just a thought.
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