We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
I recently read Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant.
In it, he mentions a concept utilised by the most interconnected person on LinkedIn – Adam Rifkin.
Essentially, if you can help someone and it takes less than 5 minutes, you should do it – whether the person can repay the favour or not.
In his own words –
Since we all work so much, short favours are best in Silicon Valley. 5 minutes, tops.
The five minute favour is the foundation of successful founders I’ve known.
In 5 minutes a person can:
- Use a product and offer short, crisp feedback.
- Introduce two people with a well-written email.
- Read a plan and offer short, crisp feedback.
- Serve as a reference for a person, product, or service.
- Share or retweet something on Facebook or Twitter.
- (and so on)
How could you harness the power of “paying it forward” and helping all those you can in small ways such as this?
Find out more here.