Far too many people make a promise to introduce you to someone, but never follow through. Instead of talking big talk, you should walk the walk. The more people you work on introducing to one another, the stronger your professional network becomes. No matter who you are, you could benefit from this. Some business experts believe you should be doing several introductions per week.
However, make sure that when you advocate someone to a friend they actually deserve an introduction. Your reputation is on the line whenever you give a professional recommendation. If things go wrong, your colleagues may not trust your opinion anymore. So be sure that you actually know someone well enough before doing them a favor by putting them in touch with your contacts.
In most articles giving advice about success, they always say how important it is to find a mentor. The only trouble is finding someone who’s willing to give you free advice. Not everyone is willing to be a mentor, because they know that their advice is valuable. They might want a fee for their time and information. However, there are plenty of people out there who can attest the mentor-mentee relationship is rewarding.
Once you’ve achieved a certain level of success, you might feel tempted to share your knowledge with someone younger. This is especially true for people who feel inclined to teach, and somehow be responsible for the success of someone else. The mentee can also be of value to the mentor because they can share fresh insight into what the younger generation cares about. This insight could keep your company fresh instead of letting it grow stale and outdated.
Last and certainly not least is that helping others makes you feel good about yourself and will make you a happier person. Think about the times when you gave someone an amazing gift, and how their face lit up. It feels amazing to help other people, because it makes you feel like a good person. When you only think about yourself, it can be isolating. Even if you get the things you want, it’s lonely not to have anyone to share with.
We all need a bit of a self-esteem boost every once in a while. When you make it a regular habit to help others, you’ll feel good about yourself and maybe even discover a feeling of self-love. When you’re filled with generosity and love towards others, it’s far easier to enjoy life and excel. So next time you have an opportunity to help someone, please do. You might find your life changes for the better.