You’re a business owner, you want more clients. I get that, we all do.

And sometimes it’s valuable to set aside what you want and think about what other people want.

Ask yourself how you can help other people get what they want and reach their goals.

One way to do this is to give some of your time to support them.

“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” Zig Ziglar

So why would you do this, spend your precious time (yes, I know how busy you are) giving to others?

Well, quite frankly it feels good. It’s human nature, it’s the way we’re built. Giving helps other people yet you get as much, sometimes more, being the giver. Funny how that works.

“Giving is as good for the giver as it is for the receiver. Science says it’s so. We’ll be happier, healthier, and even — odds are — live a little longer if we’re generous.” Steven Post, Why Good Things Happen to Good People 

Giving is an opportunity for you to make a difference for the person you give to. And that will help that person reach even more people whom they can help. Cool ripple effect.

In addition, people remember generous people and naturally want to reciprocate when possible.

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, ‘what comes around goes around’. The reason to give isn’t to get something in return. And often, that’s exactly what happens naturally.

But don’t let this be your motivation. Give because you want to and don’t expect anything in return. I like to say, “give and forget”.

Ways You Can Be Generous Right Now

1. Give some recommendations or endorsements on LinkedIn to people you adore.

2. Send a thank-you note in the mail (yes, snail mail) to someone who has done something to help you.

3. Be helpful and answer questions people have, be useful

4. Refer a client to someone.

5. Introduce two awesome people that would benefit from knowing each other.

Doing the things on the list above won’t cost you a thing, just some time. And the return on that investment of time more than pays for itself.

And if addition to time, if you have some extra money you’d like to invest, you can give a loan. Yes a loan, not a donation, to Kiva. Kiva is a micro-lender for small business owners. You can look through the profiles and select the person you want to lend to.

Convinced that giving is a good thing to do? Take five minutes each day and show some generosity to your community. You’ll be helping people reach their goals and you’ll feel fantastic.

© Stephanie Ward

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