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Just Passing Through

Too many people go through life just passing through. They neither contribute, nor take away too much. They don’t disrupt the status quo. They exist. Then, they no longer matter.

My friend, Bill, told me how he unceasingly seeks to help others. His occupation requires him to help people manage very personal issues and he makes a good living. He offers his expertise. He shares his resources. Ultimately, Bill solves problems. He refuses to live just passing through. He positions himself so that life passes through him!

Sowing
Although Bill requires a specialized skill set to perform his job, his extraordinary performance has little to do with a singularly unique talent. Basically, Bill cares about people… a lot! Like a farmer cares about his land, his crops, and his livestock, Bill cares about his profession, his contacts, his prospects and his clients. He invests time in understanding them all. He sows seeds in them to increase their understanding. He also invests time in them to make sure their needs are met in other parts of their lives. If Bill knows a resource who can help someone with any problem, he connects that someone with the solution. Consequently, he generates tons of trust and lots of favors. In essence, Bill serves as a pass through for his clients and connections to achieve a more satisfying life.

Reaping
While Bill easily identifies resources to help his clients and connections achieve their goals, he clearly understands that he must satisfy his own needs. The favors that he so easily brokers require constant care and cultivation so that they meet everyone’s needs. Even in sharing his time and attention, Bill is aware that he creates value for others. He does not keep score on who he helps and who owes him favors. But, he is aware that by regularly sharing, he constantly generates opportunities returning back to him. Consequently because Bill sows so aggressively, he has no problem successfully reaping. Because favors, value and goodwill flow through him, he has earned the right to partake in the bounty. Not only does Bill reap, but his connections are eager to return the benefits that he has provided for them. As highly valued favors pass through Bill to others, more opportunities pass back to him.

Ultimately, Bill creates value because he is ready to contribute. Legendary columnist, Dear Abby once advised, “The getting is in the giving”. To appreciate fully this belief, people yearning for success must accept the challenge to find their individual gift. Furthermore, they must share it purposefully and powerfully to contribute to other’s well-being.

However, you must not humbly wait for reciprocity. Instead, be intentional to extract value from what you create. Reap what you have sown. It’s OK to receive. Just being willing to deposit first. Put your skills, relationships, and resources to work. Accept the withdrawals and the resultant interest! You earn that privilege by generously passing through more value for as many people as you can. Now, that is success!

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter & Beyond

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April 6, 2015 - Posted by | Better Business, Better Community, Better Person | , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Keep them coming Mr. Hunter. These are always very inspirational and provide good information to gain knowledge from. Even though I do not comment on all of them, I greatly appreciate the time you put in to these. It’s kind of like my “Chicken Noodle Soup”. Take care.

    Comment by Mark Parker | April 6, 2015 | Reply

  2. That was really deep and inspiring.

    Comment by tarelle lane | April 6, 2015 | Reply


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