4) Do favors for others that cost you a little, but get you a lot: A thank you card. A gift from the dollar store that means something to them. A baseball card with their favorite player and team when they were a kid. Shoot, pick up the phone and refer them to a new client that could use their services. Do you still have a note or some little trinket that someone gave you that you treasure? Do you still remember something that someone did for you that was easy for them but gave you a lot in return? Something where a person listened to you then went out of their way to make your day and send you a little gift or two? I do, and the ones who have helped me are on a list that I can pull up and will help return the favor one day.
5) Befriend people without friends: Do you remember the first person who became your friend? You might not be friends with them anymore but do you still remember them? For me, I still feel like I owe those people a favor. I don’t know if it was the intense acne, the high-pitched voice or the clothes that didn’t fit my long gangly body, but I was not the most popular kid in school. Plus, who knows who that person will turn out to be one day and want to help you out. It could turn out to be a new nerdy Bill Gates looking for a VP of his new software company or could be an entrepreneur who creates a start-up worth millions and now needs a new CEO to run the company. Who do you think they might lean-to first if they know you fit the credentials? You!
6) We love optimistic people: If you are complaining too much (even a little), stop complaining. You are repelling people with your pessimistic outlook! There are enough negative people in our world. If you are positive and optimistic you will attract people to you like a hungry dog chewing a wet bone. In life, do we want people to like us or dislike us? In life do we want more business or less business? What do you think attracts more people? Someone who can have a conversation with an optimistic or negative outlook? Start being more optimistic and positive today to gain more friends, grow your network and expand your business.