Two times this week, I created some good karma and never asked for anything in return. I thought the week of the US Thanksgiving holiday would be a good time to discuss the value of creating good karma without thought of how it might affect you personally.
I regularly work in a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf coffee shop in Austin, Texas, where I live. The baristas take very good care of me. I get to know all of the kids who work there.
I call them kids because I am old enough to be their father!
I was there working on my computer last week, and a middle-aged woman behind me exhaled an exasperated sigh. I turned around and told her I felt the same way, which made her smile.
Her scheduling program was giving her fits. She was searching the product’s knowledge base for a solution but getting nowhere. I think most of us have been in her shoes.
We got into a discussion of what she was working on. She was thinking of starting a business.
I asked her if she had developed a business plan. Her response was no.
I offered numerous suggestions on how to get free help in developing her business. I even offered to introduce her to a contact at one of the Texas State Small Business Developer Centers. I gave her a few other links to resources.
Then, I went back to work.
Two days later, I was sitting at the same table in the coffee shop. The woman I had helped tapped me on the shoulder and handed me a gift card. She wanted to buy me a cup of coffee. She said, “You saved me thousands of dollars with those few suggestions.”
Boy, did that make my day. The gift card had enough credit to buy not one cup of coffee but three. (Well, I do drink a small black coffee…which means I am a pretty cheap coffee drinker.)
I created some good karma and, as a result, I received a quick, small reward in the coffee. The real reward, however, was in knowing that I had truly helped her.
Creating More Good Karma
I know multiple representatives from Frannet and Entrepreneur Source who are franchising brokers. Scott Kidd, my central Texas Entrepreneur Source contact, asked me if I would talk to one his newly minted franchise owners. I said sure.
I have had a number of clients who should be working for themselves, but are not true entrepreneurs.
I met Corbett at the same Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. We talked for about an hour. (I have lived in Austin since 1978 when the city had less the 250,000 people. The Austin area metro population now exceeds 1 million.) I pointed him to about a dozen resources and networking groups that would help him get launched. I did not expect anything in return.
Corbett asked how he could help me. I told him that, if he wanted to, he could refer someone who needs my services, but that I just wanted the information I gave him to be of some value.
What was the cost to me? About an hour of my time. Trying to help him in some way be successful created good karma. That is what is important in these kinds of relationships.
I suspect I will be seeing Corbett around. Will it benefit me? Maybe or maybe not.
The Ripple Effect
My good friend Steve Harper wrote a book a few years ago titled The Ripple Effect: Maximizing the Power of Relationships for Life & Business (Second Edition). His premise is that, when you do something good for someone else, it is like a drop of water entering a whole pool.
A ripple is created.
The ripple goes out and sometimes never comes back.
Sometimes it returns quickly.
Sometimes it returns in the distant future.
However, it will usually return when you least expect it.
When you create good karma, you never know when it will benefit you. When something good happens, it is usually when you least expect it.
Have you created some good karma lately? Comment below what you did to create good karma.
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