So my work-OUT buddy, Laurinda Shaver, told me she won’t share her scotch with me.. nor will she buy me a bento box from Fork and Spoon. I don’t blame her. I promised to join her and Lynn but I did not count on my TARDIS failing on me. Manipulating time and space is quite difficult!
Today I bring to you a simple message about sharing.
While Laurinda Shaver did not share her scotch or Japanese food with me (eh, something about being in different countries may do it), she is very good about sharing.. In many ways. In the short time I’ve known her, I feel so close to her. I want to see her succeed more than she already has (“Operation Unplugged”, a Canadian docu-adventure series, looks very promising ). I feed off her joy and positive energy. When Laurinda asks for my time, I feel the need to drop what I am doing. THAT’S the impression she has made by sharing of her world and herself so openly!
This wonderful quote is worth repeating again and again:
People do not care until they know you care.
I’m sure you’ve heard some version of that quote. You get the gist of it. Laurinda is one of those people that cares and takes the time out to do the little things. She keeps those that matter most to her engaged, even when she doesn’t have much left to offer (she’s quite high in demand these days – yes, I’m looking at you, Mr. @SmartBoyDesigns).
Laurinda is in great company too. There’s an elite class of “people people” including Janet Callaway, Christian Hollingsworth, Amber-Lee Dibble, Jen Olney, Nate Martin… The list goes on and on. Quite frankly, I want to link to them every time I name drop because these are folks that are doing big things in their own little ways.
Allow me to share what folks like them can teach us all…
Sharing. Surprisingly, as many bad habits and selfish ways we may preserve from our childhoods, sharing is something folks either never gave a try or gave up on. In the “make big money” world, old-school business purists will have you believe that sharing is bad. They profess the following:
- Don’t share your recipes and strategies with the competition.
- Don’t share personal information with your customers.
- Don’t share your offerings with those that can’t afford them.
We’ve been conditioned to hoarde wealth. I think it’s a shame because, really, we small business folks and fledgling entrepreneurs thrive on sharing. Being more open and authentic makes things so much easier in the long run – believe me!
So today I want to remind everyone that you should not be afraid to share some secrets with the right people. Go ahead and share best practices with your competitors; besides, they can’t copy your human resources, personality and charisma inclusive, 100% anyway! Share your wealth with others (and I’m not just talking money or material things).
Share your wealth.
The more I interact with these wonderful folks (the few, the humble, the caring), the more I am reminded that there is a different way, a better way to do things in life. This is not high school any more. If you’re trying to bully people or hoping your popularity will be enough, you’ll be a sad, lonely person.
You’ll be a sad lonely person like this aggressive, self-absorbed power blogger we talk about over at The Practical Life…
Sharing truly is caring. We all have something to give, something we take for granted and can (and should) offer freely to others. You never know just how much you may touch someone’s heart and make a difference. That person you inspire will likely pay it forward and we can see some of the evil and wrongs of the world reduced or at least offset.
Let’s embrace that lost innocence of our youth, when everyone was our friend and we had far less worries. It all starts with us. We can be the change we want to see in the world.
Sharing is a truly powerful word. We can share stories, services, laughs, drinks, meals, ideas, snacks, and so much more. The idea here is connecting with the world around us. We’re not alone and you never know if someone you know may just need YOU to reach out to them and remind you, “I am here for you!”
Dino Dogan once said that to me and, even though our busy schedules keep us from connecting more often, that stays with me.
So, as tempted as I am to remind you that my article on Unbounce.com goes live on August 16th (OOPS – okay, I could not help it), I want to share a simple CTA (Call To Action):
What can YOU share today that will truly make a difference in the lives of others?