Giving before receiving. Many people know about this concept yet very few actually apply it to their lives. You will never get what you want if you focus only on yourself, give first and then eventually ask for something afterwards.
Let’s face it, we all want something. A new car, more money, a hot girlfriend or maybe retiring at a young age. Imagine if someone came by, rang on your door and just gave you what you want, for FREE! I’m sure that you’d feel hugely in debt with them and that you’d help them out with anything they may ever need.
And that my friends is how successful businesses work. Most companies and entrepreneurs don’t succeed because of this one simple thing: They ask for something (mostly money) and give something of value in return only once they got what they wanted.
Take a look at Google for example. Do you think they’d be where they are if they had decided to charge 10 cents for every time you use their search engine or their translation service? They’d be poor by now! Google provides so much value for free that you almost feel bad not paying a dime for their services.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that you should go hit the streets and start giving all your stuff away for free. What I’m trying to say is that you should stop focusing only on what you want and instead think about how you can help people improve their lives (especially in business).
And that’s exactly what I’m doing with this blog. I really don’t care if I get 100.000 visitors per day or if my SEO is top notch. All I want is to provide my readers with quality content. Will I ask for something in return some day? I will probably write an e-book or create some other type of product someday, but only once I made sure that I’ve delivered a huge amount of free, valuable content to my readers and that my product provides them with even more value.
A young entrepreneur recently contacted me asking me to review his new website and give him some feedback. His page was nicely and professionally designed and he already posted a few good and informative articles. The only problem was that he filled his website with ads and tried to monetize it from day one.
It’s already irritating when other websites with a huge following and a massive amount of informative content fill their pages with ads, but when your website has more advertisement then content on it, readers will run away just as quick as they came.
Gary Vaynerchuck is a very successful entrepreneur and a firm believer of always giving and never expecting anything in return, check out what he has to say on the subject:
Do your thing, help others and you will eventually get something in return. Of course there are people who will try taking advantage of your kindness and attempt to squeeze out everything they can get from you and run. But those people probably need what you offer more than anybody else.
Giving without expecting anything in return will pay off without a doubt. And I’m not talking about money here. You will make money eventually, but people who focus on helping others are the happiest at the end of the day.
You can make millions throughout your life at the cost of other people only to regret it on your death bed. Whereas if you help people improve their lives, no matter if you get rich doing so or not, you will be 10000000 times happier without a doubt. Even if you fail, you will have made life easier for at least one person on this planet.