The 5 minute favour

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:

  1. Use a product and offer short, crisp feedback.
  2. Introduce two people with a well-written email.
  3. Read a plan and offer short, crisp feedback.
  4. Serve as a reference for a person, product, or service.
  5. Share or retweet something on Facebook or Twitter.
  6. (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.