If you ask me what’s the single most important thing to me that I write about it’s the idea of selfish generosity. The idea of giving yourself, your ideas, your energy, your talents to the person next to you. This is pretty much the secret to a happy life and successful anything.
My resolution for 2013 is this: for every single scheduled meeting I have, I want the other person to leave with something of value from me. I want to be sure that 100% of people who spend time with me, leave our time together somehow better off than they were before we met.
I have a feeling, being at the nucleus of the Atlanta Tech Village, this is going to be easy. I’m doing my best to schedule time with each individual member company to hear about what they do, where they are going, and what they need. Already, the “Village” concept of the whole being stronger than the individual parts is coming true. Whether it’s helping find that key developer, sales person, or investor… or maybe it’s just refining their pitch… or most often, it’s a key introduction to a potential customer, beta user, or industry expert in their field.
I’m looking forward to giving more to those around me. The best thing that can happen is that one person starts to see this and makes giving more a higher priority in their own journey.