Hello SOTGC community,
The title of this post is a quote by Muhammad Ali. The inspiration for this post came from the vacation I took last week to attend a conference to help “up my game” in this new world of entrepreneurship and online marketing that I’m entering. To sum it up in a short sentence…it was an amazing experience!!! The information and ideas I got from the conference will probably help shave months off of figuring things out through trial and error on my own. The people that I met and the inspiration it gave me, based on their stories, will last a lifetime.
This was a very interesting event. It was three days of speakers, random things that happen on the stage either between speakers or during the presentations, and tons of networking along the way. One of the resounding themes I kept hearing from the speakers as well as the wildly successful entrepreneurs that packed the conference was about giving back as much, if not more, as you take. Let me elaborate.
Every speaker had a story, a wonderfully inspiring story about who they started out as and the people who helped them along their journey to success. And each one is aware of the fact that they owe it to the universe (or whatever Deity it is you pray to) to give back to the community and to the aspiring entrepreneurs as much as they themselves took the help of their mentors.
To be honest, I’ve never actually sat next to and chatted with so many incredibly driven and successful people at once. I guess I always thought people like that wouldn’t be as…enlightened and spiritual as they were. I’m not saying we were sitting around braiding each others’ hair, singing Kumbaya around fires, or smoking peyote, but they were highly self-aware individuals.
Every time I walked up to shake hands and thank them for their heartfelt presentation, they’d ask what I do, where I’d like to take my business, and how they could help. It was astonishing!!! To see people who normally would be relatively inaccessible (I’m talking the kind whose companies are generating 7-9 figures a year), shake my hand and offer to help me within the first several minutes of meeting me.
If I you asked me what the most impactful part of this last week was for me, I’d have to say it was a great reminder. A reminder to ALWAYS remember to give back as much, if not more, as I take from the blessings I get. That every time someone offers to help me grow or to open doors of opportunity for me, I should be actively looking to return the favor to someone else
If you agree with this message, would you “like” this post, or share it with a friend, or send it out via twitter? They say the most powerful form of advertising is “word of mouth.” Well, I’m not trying to sell you anything, but if everyone who reads this sends it to a friend, or tweets it out, or shares it on their Facebook page, and each person who sees this does something kind or helpful for someone in their life… then I will have been able to share the inspirational message that all these amazing speakers shared…and I’ll feel that I’ve begun to pay the rent for my “room here on Earth.”
Marney Reid is a Marketing Program Manager for a global industry leader in medical device. She is also the Founder of Stilettos on the Glass Ceiling. She has nine years of sales experience in male dominated industries and is transcending the Glass Ceiling by using her authentic value proposition as a competitive advantage.