When I am traveling, I am always amazed at how random people are willing to help me. Some hosted me, some fed me, some showed me the way… and without those people, my travels would have been dull, more expensive, and probably less significant.
It goes the same way in your daily life. You are certainly very able at something. It can be art, mechanics, cooking, anything really. Take advantage of that gift. Bake for the school fair. Volunteer your time around.
What are you getting in exchange for all your devotion? Well you may not see it immediately. But if you help someone, that person will be so grateful that he or she will be willing to help you the next time around.
So if I fix someone’s computer for example, that person will be so happy that she will go around talking about my skills. I may get a freelance gig fixing computer for her friend’s company. I may be appointed as the school’s IT person. Or that person can bake me a pie to thank me. Either way, I am receiving something in return.
It doesn’t have to be money. I would feel terrible asking my friends for money when I help them move or paint their new flat. But I know that the next time I need a flat in town, they will offer it to me if they can. Or they will lend me their car.
If you stay at home and keep to yourself, you will never benefit from other people. There is a balance to everything, and if you give, you shall receive. I love to help my friends whenever I can, and since I have a lot of free time in my hands, I often find myself doing so. But I don’t like to ask for any favors.
So look around. Find something you are good at and offer it to people who need it. You never know what you can get in return.
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