A common message from successful entrepreneurs is: “learn from those who have come before you”.
We can learn from their mistakes.
We can learn from what they did correctly and what they did incorrectly.
By doing so, we can avoid the pitfalls they encountered and accelerate our own careers in entrepreneurship.
However, we must learn to not only be open to being helped; but also, to be open to helping others. Now, you’re probably thinking, I can’t help everyone, there just isn’t enough time in the day. You are absolutely right!
So, I will share a simple exercise to help you with this process.
- Think of 5 people in your life, who you want to help.
- Write down their names in order from 1-5.
- Beside those names, write down their biggest goal for 2018.
You may not know the answer to this question, I didn’t, and that is okay. Nevertheless, I challenge you to figure out what those goals are and then actively try and help those people reach their goals. Ensure you take time out of your day and send them words of encouragement, meet them for coffee, talk to them on the phone, and become that person they can lean on.
What you will find, is that not only will these acts of support and generosity help those who you are supporting, but also, those people will return the favor and dramatically help you in your journey.
The message: Help others, be selfless, be generous, and be a person you can be proud of.