It’s true what they say you know; you have to give before you can get. While an economist would strongly oppose this opinion, people who can fully understand the notion of giving are the ones who have become rich and successful. Just like author Deepak Chorpa once said, ‘the easiest way to get what you want is to help others get what they want’.
If you think about it entrepreneurs - some of the most successful and wealthy people in the world, are all charitable individuals. This means that an enormous amount of the money they own today, they have gained because they gave their stuff away. Likewise, advancing in your job will require that you give a lot before you can become successful. So here’s how you can get ahead at work by giving:
1. Offer Your Help Whenever Possible
Let me ask you this; wouldn’t you offer your help to someone in need? If you ever found yourself in the same position wouldn’t you want someone to help you out or at least show that they care? It has become a universal rule that you should practice what you preach. So, you should treat others the same way that you want to be treated yourself. Since not many people are that generous – not even in their work environment – you should become the exception and show your boss how you stand out.
2. Give Your Advice in Small Amounts
When the advice you give is useful to your colleagues, it becomes valuable and most of the time needed. Helping them out every time they seem to be struggling with something will make them more dependent on you and more likely to come to you every time they are looking for an answer. This shows that your colleagues trust you; they think highly of you and respect your opinion. Essentially, they want your advice. If that doesn’t make you exceptional then what does?
3. Build Positive Relationships
What do you think helped successful people become what they are? Cultivating your existing relationships – and most importantly building new meaningful ones will allow you to give your advice and get some in return. By offering your help to your colleagues and boss, you improve the relationship you have with them as well as the odds of getting noticed. In an attempt to repay you for something you did for them, they will be more likely to do what you need whenever you need it and pay more attention to what you have to offer.
4. Give and Expect Nothing in Return
People that are willing to give without any strings attached are the ones who win big time. The best way to help someone else is when you do it consciously and with complete honesty. If you are sincere, and you are not just helping your colleagues because you have hidden motives or planning to satisfy your own needs first, then you are one step closer to becoming a good leader. This kind of behaviour proves that you have what it takes to manage people and why not even a team!
To get ahead at work, you need to become someone who’s ready to lend a hand even if there’s no direct reward for it. Once you realise the long term benefits to giving your help, you will be much happier, more effective and successful – and who knows even richer – if that’s what you want to become.
Have you ever tried this approach to get ahead at work? How did it turn out? Let me know in the comments section below…