Last week I wrote a blog titled Free Advice On Not Working for Free and today I am writing my own rebuttal to that – let me call it a tiny rebuttal because I would never tell anyone to work for free. We do need to have basic necessities BUT what if I told you that there are things you should give people, things that could improve your life and your business and that you should be giving these things for free?
Let me take you back to a conversation I had earlier this year in which I was told I needed to stop giving work away for free. I was guilty of doing that. I think we all feel we need to do free work to grow our businesses. I had moved past the point in my business of needing to do that, but I kept doing work for free and it was ticking me off.
Today though in researching and reflecting upon an interview I am about to do with the world famous author and speaker, Bob Burg, I re-read his book The Go-Giver and I am a true disciple of his beliefs. There are things we all should be giving away for free because these are the very things that will bring us more success.
Do you know what the 5 Laws of Stratospheric Success are? You can find them on Bob’s website and this is the link to get directly to these laws:
When I was told I should never give anyone anything for free I felt it was extremely hard-core and a militant statement. After re-reading The Go-Giver I found many reasons to give things away for free because being a giver can bring you tremendous rewards in life.
In following the principles of Burg’s book, it isn’t about giving work away for free at all. It is a philosophy and it might mean throwing away some of the hard-core militant thoughts you might have been taught or told and really reaching deep into yourself to achieve stratospheric success.
There will always be people who don’t get it. There will always be people who don’t believe it. There will always be takers. There will always be people who do not understand that serving people well will result in better sleep at night.
We will be taking Bob Burg’s podcast interview live soon. You will find it along with show notes and more great advice on http://thecrazymarketingladiesshow.com and it will be Episode 38 I just don’t have a title yet.
In the meantime, I highly encourage you to read The Go-Giver and learn from it, embrace the philosophy, put it into practice – it’s a super feeling to do the right thing with people.