For years I wondered why I made more money, and had more promotions, than many of my co-workers and associates. I did not believe this was not an arrogant thought, it was just a very curious thing to me that made me wonder. I knew I wasn’t smarter, friendlier, more efficient or more talented than they were, I simply wondered how did it happen?
I once took a position as Assistant to the Vice President of a University and felt amazingly blessed to be there. While having lunch with some of my co-workers one afternoon I was asked how I got the position. Before I could answer, one of my friends piped in and said, “She does the little things very well and asks for more when she’s done, it’s just that simple!”
I was surprised, and SO thankful that she jumped in with such a wonderful response, because I was about to say “I knew the secretary to the president very well.” That was a turning point for me. I saw how much of an impact her answer on our other co-workers and realized, she is right, I did do those things.
Your Income Will Seldom Succeed Your Personal Development
I’d like to share one example of those ‘detailed things’ my friend mentioned in hopes that you’ll find a take-away from this post that is easily applicable to your own life.
There was a phone system at the university that was high tech in its day but the directions to use it were horribly challenging to read. My co-worker in the next cubicle was an older person and I helped her to figure it out almost on a daily basis. I didn’t mind it, but it meant stopping what I was doing each time to assist her. I thought about how my ‘helping’ her was actually keeping her from learning on her own and I didn’t want her to be dependent on me. I heard these words in my heart…
When you can figure out a way to teach people to fish rather than supply the fish on a long term basis you will teach them to live with greater human dignity, not just look for the handout.
I stayed after work one night to completely figure out the system so I could type up short cuts that would be much simpler for her to use, and perhaps would save us both time. When I was done I looked at what I had made and thought it was good. I recall wondering if that is how God felt after creating the entire world.
The next day I handed the instructions to my friend who said. ”I can’t believe you did that for me.”
She told our co-workers and eventually others began to ask for the short cuts as well. I found myself handing them out to the 6 secretaries on that floor. They were so impressed that it was eventually printed in the back of the university directory for the entire university and the following month and I was asked to give a workshop on the Meridian Mail system to teach the university employees. I was given a raise shortly thereafter.
This ‘system’ if you will, of giving to others has served me very well, and it will you to when you figure out that we are here to share Vision, Power and Action with one another every day of our lives.
Jim Rohn and Chris Widener wrote a simple book on understanding simple concepts and I think out of all of the pillars this is my favorite.
I made more wealthy friends in this past year than I have ever known in my entire life, and not a single one of them are wealthy for the sake of money. They are wealthy because of what that wealth allows them to accomplish with their lives. They realize money doesn’t make them problem free or able to live without discomfort or disease. They realize there is no security in money and that it could disappear over night. It didn’t take long for them to understand that money does NOT make the world go round.
My friends are influential because they did what I did in that story above, they created something out of nothing, gave it away to those who needed it for free, and eventually got paid for doing it.
What I learned from my own experience back then was that it wasn’t the raise that created the joy inside me, although it was a nice side benefit, it was the confidence it gave me to do the same thing again and again.
Read this quote from one of the most influential speakers Jim Rohn from his book “Twelve Pillars” on pg.89
“After you become a millionaire, you can give it all away because what’s important is not the million dollars; what’s important is the person you have to become in the process of becoming a millionaire.” Jim Rohn
You don’t have to give it all away. The point he was making is that you could if you wanted to, because you know how to get it all back again.
So here it is – (drum roll please)
- Find a need
- create the solution to fill the need
- give it away for free
- and you will eventually be compensated for your efforts.
That’s it! Does it take more than just staying after work for one night simplifying something complicated? Sure! It might, but the key is to find the need you are to fill. It’s important to have a vision of what you want to accomplish to fill the need of course and my VPA Radio Show may help with that every Friday evenings at 7pm EST. Just log into http://motivational-radio.com and you’ll keep your personal development growing.
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