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As I did with my former pre-Internet mainstreet business, my inner heart tells me this IS way that I need to continue to do business online. Why?
I can tell you in no uncertain terms that this philosophy is largely responsible for success I have enjoyed for past 4 years, while so many are struggling or have failed on Internet. You must have come across countless success stories of *real* gurus who have achieved massive fame and/or wealth from simply focusing on needs of, and helping, others.
Giving=Receiving is really one of few great laws of this wonderful universe!
Having said that, there is usually a yang for every yin, right? And here's that side of things.
*Some* people will try to abuse your giving spirit and attempt to dominate your time, as if it was their God-given *right*. You must be able to recognize when you're being taken advantage of and then politely say, like I do, something like "the clock will have to start ticking now and my consulting rate is $495.00 per hour.":-) You'll see how quickly conversation stops!
There will be others who are simply "takers", that will not even acknowledge, let alone thank you for your help. Weeks ago, I spent over an hour (on a Sunday nonetheless) doing some research and responding in-depth to a very difficult question (this should really have been a consultation!) that was posed to me by someone in seemingly dire circumstances. Sent email twice (again a week later/neither bounced) because I sensed importance of a resolution for this person and didn't want to take chance they overlooked it. Not a hi, hello or how are you from them since.
I've never expected any kind of "award" for efforts like this, but a nice email from someone stating they are appreciative of your efforts is always a nice little *reward*. Sometimes reward can come in form of a high quality fruit-and- truffles package that arrives every Christmas without fail from a wonderful couple I helped just one time a few year ago!
But neither thankless or intrusive people should ever have power to make us stop helping those who need our help. It goes with territory of being in a position to influence and even lead, a position quite frankly, we should be very grateful to be in.
My advice is simple, but not always easy to follow through on. If you find yourself in fortunate position where people think enough about what you have to offer that they will ask you for help, then make same vow I did. Help them. Every last one of them!
In cyber-terms, Sell a MEG but Give a GIG. It will surely help others, but in end, it will help YOU even more!
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