“The missing link to success is gratitude, because according to the law of attraction you have to be grateful for what you have to attract success to you. So, without gratitude, it’s impossible to have permanent success.”
– Rhonda Byrne, The Magic
My turn to speak before my BNI group, (Business Networking International), and I elected not to go the standard route and speak simply about what I do, or what makes a good referral for me, but instead about who I and others need to become, what we should want to do to become more referable.
Provide value to others first. Give, then ask. Giving begins the receiving process. What right do you have to ask for something of value from someone; time, knowledge or money, before you give something of value to them first? What can you give, what talents or gifts were you born with which you can share with someone else to help them become more, to improve their lives, and in turn make yourself more referable.
It’s not what you do, but who you are. At the core, it’s all about gratitude. Be grateful for what you have and in turn be grateful for others, not only for what they might give to you, but your ability to give to them. It’s easy to do and easier not to do. And that’s where the rubber meets the road, taking the time, making the effort, no matter how small to feel and to show gratitude.
Make it easier on yourself, by stopping to think and to realize what makes you unique, different and your purpose. Find your why and you find your way. When you can do that and be grateful for being that person, it radiates to others and you can easily share the gratitude all around. The end result, success and others are attracted to your being… because you are being you and showing gratitude for others.
Great things happen when you pour your own life into other people. Even if it starts with a small splash, with a pebble in the water, the compound effect of that action done consistently over time, will make a wave.
Give with no expectation of receiving in return, because it means you are giving from a deeper place, because you care and are grateful for what you have and for others. Have gratitude for the ability to simply give and what you have already received.
There is a sign in a store I saw recently, I took a picture of it and it is the one which sits at the top of this blog and maybe after reading this it makes more sense: “Someone else is happy with less than what you have.” To me what that means is you have more… to give.
Until next time, thanks for taking the time.
In gratitude, Mark
Mark Brodinsky, Author
It Takes 2. Surviving Breast Cancer: A Spouse’s Story
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