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    Pursuing Prosperity Means Caring

    Aug 6, 2013
    By Mark Hopkins

    blind womanOn Sunday afternoon Jenny decided to make homemade tomato soup and sent me to the grocery to pick up the ingredients.  It was a hot afternoon, over 90°F, and as I entered the store I passed a middle aged blind woman standing on the hot sidewalk with her groceries neatly packed away in a rolling cart.  I didn’t think much of it until I noted that she was still there when I came out with my haul of tomatoes and other goodies 20 minutes later.

    I politely asked her if she needed a ride home and she replied that she had called a cab a half an hour ago but that they hadn’t shown up.  She asked me a few casual, but clearly qualifying, questions to help her confirm that I was just a guy concerned about her, and her groceries, melting on the sidewalk and accepted a ride.  It made my day to help her out and I hope it made hers a little easier.

    Technology may have eliminated many daily interactions that used to require face-to-face communication, but it has also had the unintended consequence of making the human interaction that remains all that more important.  We are all social animals with a need to share, a need to be appreciated, and a desire to work with people who care about us.  Check out David Brook’s TedEx talk here to hear more about this and to be able to use “interpenetrated” in a sentence!

    With regard to your pursuit of prosperity, some of the best advice I can offer is that caring about other people—a process that I call Carefrontation—will help you build a team that will help you achieve your vision and make the journey a whole lot more fun.  For a full explanation of the concept and the ways that a team full of people who care about each other outperform a team that doesn’t, check out a guest blog I wrote on Carefrontation here.

    If you still want to know more, send me an email at mark@shortcuttoprosperity.com and I’ll send you the full text to the Chapter that explains why genuinely caring about other people is a shortcut to prosperity.

    Have a great day!


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