Are you ready to give? Receive?
April 2, 2009
It’s been a while since I left off so I will recap quickly. I connected Dixie Gillaspie and Scott Becker. While on the phone with Scott, he suggested that he would like to assist in my career search by putting an announcement in his ASC Review. Now, I don’t know for sure how big that mailing list is, but I do know it’s HUGE. Everyone in an entire industry has it delivered to their in-box weekly. What a huge break this could be.
I spent hours writing a 4 sentence blurb describing myself and emailed to Scott later that day. I continued to grow my network locally but in the back of my mind, I knew that THE lead I’d been waiting for would come from the ASC Review.
After the first publishing, nothing happened. No calls, no emails, nothing. I waited patiently (those that know me wont’ believe that but it’s true). After the second publishing, nothing. Then on a Saturday, an email shows up in my in box from Todd with SourceMedical asking if I’d be interested in talking about a sales position with them. Well, YES.
Todd and I spoke several times over the next few weeks. It became clear to me that I was not a perfect match to the profile SourceMedical originally set out to hire, yet we continued our conversations. In the end, Todd and SourceMedical chose another candidate. I certainly don’t blame them. I am sure the “other guy” represented a much safer choice and is probably doing very well for them today.
The point to my story is, every interaction has value. Every connection you can facilitate has power and none of us know how much. Further, it’s not for us to decide how the giving comes back towards us. What I believe – Give like you don’t need it and expect nothing more than the internal joy of the gift, but remain open to saying “Thank you” and meaning it.
What do you expect to get in return?
When will you get it?
Where will it come from?
Why are you still thinking in Go-Getter terms? Go-Give.
Jason R. Thomas