Remember how I told you that the festive season had provided me with a heap of business insights that I am going to share with you over the coming weeks?
Well, an insight came to light yesterday that I did not expect and I have to share it with you because there are a ton of implications - both business and personal - in it!!!
We were staying with relatives while travelling interstate over the Christmas/New Year holiday break and while there I got chatting to the boyfriend of one of these relatives.
I have met this guy only once before, but I have really warmed to him for a number of reasons - he is in his early 20's and he's a real "go getter" - keen to impress and constantly looking for new ways to improve himself - so when he told me that he was having trouble finding a decent job and this was really getting him down, I immediately wanted to help.
Let me take a step back - this guy has no "formal" qualifications per se' - he is a country lad who was not interested in a formal education path, but doesn't mind getting his hands dirty and is always willing to learn.
The problem with this is that he is now living in the "Big Smoke" and unskilled labour jobs are getting more and more scarce.
Well, it just so happens that I have a customer who does work for a big company called Spotless and Spotless provides all manner of "support" services for many of the larger corporate entities around Australia.
I explained this to this young bloke and he immediately grabs his phone (I wish these kids would use tablets or computers to browse the Internet - I can hardly see what they're looking at when they browse on their phones!!! LOL), he goes straight to the careers section of the Spotless website and there are about 6 vacancies he sees there that he is qualified to apply for!!!
He applies for a couple of jobs there and then - this was about a week ago and I get a call from him yesterday to say that he has just walked out of a job interview and he starts work with them in a couple of weeks!!!
Why am I sharing this with you? There is an old saying that goes something like "Be nice to those you pass on the way up because you are always going to pass them on the way down" - have a think about that comment for a minute - by helping people around you (both in business and in life) not only does it make you feel fantastic, but they may be just the person you need to reach out to yourself at some time into the future.
Do you think the chances of them helping you will have increased as a result of what you did for them?
Food for thought ----