I’ve been fortunate enough to snag an interview from almost every entrepreneur I’ve reached out to here locally in Raleigh. With nothing to give in exchange for their time and knowledge, each person took it upon themselves to take time out of their busy schedules and pay forward the knowledge others either passed to them or they gained through trial and error to me. I am always appreciative of these exchanges and express that if there is every anything I can do to help them in return to say the word.
It wasn’t until after I noticed a pattern did I realize the effect their willingness to help me create in a way a loyalty in me for them. While I may not be a resource to them at this present moment, no one knows what the future holds and what factor I could play in their lives later down the road.
In his book “It’s a Jungle in There: Inspiring Lessons, Hard-Won Insights and other Acts of Entrepreneurial Daring”, Steven Schussler tells a story of a time when he helped a young lady out by speaking at an engagement for her free of charge, just wanting to help out and be a resource. There was nothing in return he required of the young lady, or ever expected to receive in the future. Fast forward a a year later and he’s hoping to strike a deal with Disney for his Rainforest Café. Disney deals are one of, if not THE, hardest business deals to acquire. When going to meet with the young lady and her associates, Schussler is given the deal, a big reason being his willingness to help others achieve their goals, not expecting anything in return.
There are few better ways of connecting with someone than doing so when they are vulnerable. When you help out someone else and pay it forward, it’s a great opportunity for you to bond with them. Whether you are just helping someone for the day or you make a lifelong friend out of the situation, paying it forward opens the world to a ton of new connections, and maybe new opportunities when you least expect it (Pennsauken Golf Course Villas).