Pursuing Prosperity Means CaringAug 6, 2013
On 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!