You’ve heard this before no doubt and it’s true. I’ve been reminded of this recently when...
-A senior executive of one of the world’s top tech companies agreed to take time with someone they’ve never met before whom I introduced out of the blue
-One of my mentors, now a wildly successful CEO took time to meet and encourage me
-I see so many people in my network doing making time for others when they are busy themselves
These are acts of Intelligent Generosity. Successful people are intelligently generous because they understand that life and business aren’t only about performance and professionalism but also relationships and relevance. And we’re only as relevant as the strength of our relationships.
This makes me think of a conversation I had with Rishad Tobaccowala not ago. You should see how he does this. He’s a master at it—generosity that is (amongst other things). When times are tough, it can be tempting to conserve energy, keep what you know to yourself and limit your exposure.
There is a time and place to say “no” (more on that later) But Successful people know how and when to give. They reach out, connect and share—knowing that positivity given is positivity received.
And that’s why they’re successful.