The little things in life are often the most important and the things I remember the most. Whether it was a small gesture of kindness or someone giving up there time to help me out when I needed it. I never forget those things and I go out of my way to return the favour.
All of the things I have achieved in my life, I always had help from someone in some small way, directly or indirectly we don’t succeed in our goals on our own.
Genuinely mutual beneficially arrangements are very hard to come by but when you do find the right balance they can be worth their weight in gold.
When I was part of the Acer Team Unlimited competition I remember many companies who I had crossed paths with at some point offering me something to promote my campaign whether it was a Selk Bag, gift voucher or prize pack they were all companies who I had done something for at some point.
It comes back to karma, I can honestly say every single time I have given up my time to help someone or something it has always come back in a way that was extremely valuable to me.
There is mixed emotions about working for free for someone else. I have mixed emotions about it, the situation has to be ideal for both parties.
If you want me to work for you for free I better be learning something for it and you better not make it a hassle. Some examples where I would be willing to help someone out by giving up my own time is learning through something that I may not have had to opportunity to do otherwise.
I think the difference in opinions on this topic come with the two different possibilities, some people can see the opportunities and grab them and they know when the situation is not right for them and they have the strength to say no. The other is always helping people out, the person on the other end needs continual changes or adjustments they end up wearing themselves out and resenting that person. Don’t put yourself in that situation.
Put a time frame on it. Depending on what it is, for example if someone wanted me to help them out with an advertising campaign I would say ok let’s sit down and have a chat about it and I will help you sort out your advertising campaign for next month.
Don’t let it become a burden and if the other person is pushing you to get something done just remind them that you are doing it for free and you have other priorities at the moment but you haven’t forgotten about it.
Don’t have that sense of entitlement, there is nothing wrong with going out and working for free and if you have never done it then you have never hustled hard enough.
Find your opportunities to help others out as much as you can and make the most of the ones that are beneficial for you and where the person you are helping out is also getting something valuable out of it. It is the best way to build strong connections and an amazing word of mouth referral system.