Tis the season!
Well, the holidays are upon us. Is it me or does it feel like time starts to move at warp speed during this time of year? Holiday parties, family gatherings and travel keep us darting from place to place, barely able to catch a breath. Before you know it, we’ll be shouting, “Happy New Year!”
As I take a moment to reflect on this past year, I can’t help but count my blessings. Like so many, I look at this as a time to take inventory in our lives. I think of those I love, those I admire and those who aren’t as fortunate.
I love to give. I especially love to shower my loved ones with exciting gifts to open on Christmas day. When you think about it, knowing you are loved and cared about feels great, and what better way to say, “I love you” than to receive a surprise box in the mail or a handwritten note of gratitude? Nothing brings a bigger smile. Don’t you agree? Even the smallest token of appreciation goes a really long way.
Here’s what I mean.
There’s great power in small acts of kindness. You don’t have to lavish an expensive gift on someone to show you are full of gratitude this season. There are lots of way to give. You can give of your time, your knowledge and even your connections.
I heard an amazing story the other day about a random meeting in an airport between Mike Rowe, the host of Dirty Jobs and his own podcast, and a business owner from the Midwest. The businessman was wearing a shirt with the name of his company on it. When Mike asked him to explain the shirt, he said he owned a painting company with 80 employees and had more work than he could handle. He told Mike that he could hire at least 25 people right there and then and give them jobs, but he couldn’t find anyone who wanted to work. The two men continued to talk about the opportunity, how much the starting pay is, benefits, and job description. The business owner explained he starts all employees at $22 and hour with the potential for a raise to $32 an hour within months based on performance. He also paid for all benefits including health insurance and life insurance. Mike paused, and then said, “How about I post your picture on my social media about this opportunity and see if we can’t fill those positions. I’ve got 1.2 million followers on Instagram. Let’s spread the word.”
And so, he did.
A small gesture, with a big impact. Bravo to you Mike Rowe!
Giving is putting others needs ahead of your own. It’s about lending a helping hand to those who need it. It’s thinking outside the box—literally. What would you give to someone if you couldn’t order it from Amazon, Bergdorf’s or Goldbelly? In what way could you give back, without writing a check? Look, giving to charity is fantastic and needed. I am not saying to forego that kind of giving. But I am asking you to consider additional ways you might be able to add great value into the world through your actions and not just your wallet.
As for me?
I plan to mentor as many people as I can in 2022. It’s become a mission for me to give back, especially to entrepreneurial women.
When I mentor others, my bucket gets filled. I love watching talented people grow. One of my favorite lessons in business has been the idea that when you grow your people, your business will grow. And it does. But why does this have to be exclusive to business? It doesn’t.
And so, this holiday season, I hope you will find interesting ways to help others. I’d love to know how you plan to do that. Share your answers with me below.