While the following saying may not be a complete blueprint for success, it will get you started and take you a long way. You may or may not have heard this simple life changing phrase and that is “Pay it Forward.” There was even a movie with this title that is remarkable and I highly recommend picking it up at your local movie rental spot. The reason I say it is a life changing phrase is that it will not only help you in business, it will help you in life. Pay it forward simply means the gift of giving without expecting something in return. But what you will find is that it usually comes back to you in some way, shape or form and bigger than what you gave in the first place. It’s an amazing concept that seems very few people apply and the best part is that it gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside like none other.
This can be in any form you can think of giving something to someone else whether it be a complete stranger, close friend, family, charity, etc. The options are endless. In the movie “Pay it Forward,” a kid in school was given an assignment from his teacher. The assignment was to come up with an idea to change the world. I won’t give it away; I’ll let you be the judge after watching it.
I mention giving in any form because this can be something very simple, like a complement. I find myself thanking a complete stranger and telling them that you don’t find many people like them anymore because they noticed that I was in line ahead of them and when the attendant asked for them to move forward, a person I have never met asked me to go first since they noticed that I had been there first. The next time you find yourself wanting to pay a complement to someone you don’t know, but feel a little odd by approaching them, just do it. I know it’s scary, but you’re not selling them anything. You’ll be amazed by the results. People love to hear good things about themselves, especially from strangers. They will more than likely thank you and you may make a good friend out of it. There is a key to this though; you must speak to other people with sincere appreciation and not flattery. Flattery is from the teeth out and true sincere appreciation is from the heart out. Believe it or not, people can tell flattery from appreciation. Flattery is like counterfeit money, when you use it, it will get you in more trouble than good.
How would you apply this in your business, very similar. Giving free information or advice to others is a good start. Maybe start a free weekly coaching call or training program. A lot of people try to withhold information thinking that if they give the information out for free, business will be lost, but this is usually not the case and is the complete opposite.
I know this story doesn’t have to do with network marketing, but it’s something I will never forget and would like to share it with you. My transmission was slipping in my vehicle and I was getting worried that I was going to have to get a new one, which is not a small price. I took it to a couple of mechanics who assured me that my transmission was done and I needed a new one. Each one gave me a quote. It then came to mind that one of my friends had told me about a mechanic who works on nothing but transmissions, so I took it to him for the final answer. You wouldn’t believe what happened. Bare in mind that I have never met this guy in my life. He didn’t even pull my vehicle in his shop. He lifted the hood, looked around and minutes later pulled on cord that led to my transmission. He closed the hood and asked me to drive it around to see if this worked. Well, it worked and that was eight years ago and my transmission still works great. He had told me that sometimes this so called cord will get stuck and all it takes is a little tug, can you believe that. This guy could have ripped me, but instead saved me about $2,000.00. Now, I have not been back to him in eight years, but I will guarantee you if I ever have future problems, I will go straight to him. I have also referred many people to him, who have been completely satisfied with his service. I’m sure he is still getting referrals and reaping the rewards from that one simple thing he did for me that took about five minutes of his time.
Remember, when you give others more of what they want, you will get more of what you want.
Be creative with this concept, the sky’s the limit. Always feel free to leave comments.
To your success,