I shared in my post last week about the power of asking for help & giving to others as a prerequisite for success.
If I may, let me share with you how this has played out in my life.
Most recently, I have been asked to join the mentoring team in the book arbitrage community thereby realizing my life long goal of helping others create wealth quickly & easily.
The number of opportunities that this alone has opened for me is spell binding & very exciting. In my intention to give, I am receiving so much more in return.
This experience of receiving more than I thought possible has unfolded many times in my life & is why my life is rich beyond a financial figure, although I am very glad to say it now includes a financial figure too.
When myself & Tom went to Ethiopia on a humanitarian project some years ago, as part of a building project, every day we got up fired up to give more.
Everyday however, we were humbled by what the local community would share with us, given that they had so very little.
No matter how hard we tried, we just could not out give them in their kindness, love & compassion. It was overwhelming to us & life changing.
“Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives” ~ Michelle Obama
In my other business some years ago, as I was so new & inexperienced, I thought I didn’t really have anything of substance to add to successful people, especially to a billionaire.
“What would I know?” was my thinking.
That was a mistake on my part. I had me & my experience with my friend & billionaire Bill corrected me on this.
I had met Bill briefly at a business conference. I had been struck by his success of course, but more by who he was.
I wrote to him & shared my admiration for who he was. I actually never expected him to get the email let alone read & respond to me but he did.
That began what some might say was an unlikely friendship of many years until Bill sadly passed away unexpectedly.
But, in my precious time with him, he valued me & who I was too. He even asked me to be a member of his board of advisers – me?
I was stunned & humbled by this honor. He valued who I was & that of course changed my life & the way I saw not only myself, but how I see everyone.
Everyone is valuable & has an immeasurable contribution to make to life, no matter their circumstance nor their starting place.
Magic happens when we take action & the most unlikely things can unfold when we don’t assume otherwise.
Why not assume things will work out better than you imagined. It takes the same amount of energy & it will orient your mind to success & great expectations which can then occur naturally around you.
“In life you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you believe, plan & expect.” ~ Bill Bartmann
Next week, I’ll talk about the power of being the dumbest one in the room – hint, you’re in the right room…..