If you know the Way broadly you will see it in everything.
“Business Aspergers” is a term I’m using for those that you’ve done a lot for on your own accord and have never done anything in return. Yet, they still ask you for mad hookups, yo!
The other day, Mike Moses from Evolve Academy asked if my company could build him a mobile app for free. I’m thinking is this guy for serious!? I’ve given Mike Moses a lot of free consulting for social media marketing. Before, he wasn’t even aware of Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. If not for me, Mike Moses and Evolve Academy would still be in the marketing dark ages. Yet, he asks for free stuff.
I’m calling this oddness in people business Aspergers, because a symptom of aspergers is:
demonstrated limited empathy with their peers.
So these people can’t sense the need of others and end up only thinking of their own needs. It’s Me, me, me, me, all day long in their heads.
I think that I provide value to the best of my abilities to those I encounter in my day to day. I’ve taken the time to help a guy who was severely hurt in a car accident by building him a crowd source fundraiser. This raised over $8k which helped cover bills, and expenses of his two kids while he was in the hospital. I didn’t make a penny out of that. Building a site like that and doing that kind of work would’ve been somewhere around $10k.
This kind of stuff is starting happen more often, and I’ve read in the startup blogs that it will happen a lot more frequently as your company grows.
It’s so odd how people just come up to you and expect hookups and stuff for free when they’ve provided no value in return. One of life’s great mysteries.
I don’t always ask for compensation, because I sincerely enjoy helping people succeed. Heck, one of my cofounders, Derek Nickerson, calls me a whore because I do too much free stuff, lol. Well, I’m glad I got him to keep me in check. It’s a good balance.
A person with door-to-door sales experience has a huge advantage over the competition to get a job or even starting their own business. This is something I’ve seen first hand while working with Derek Nickerson my business development cofounder. He’s taught me a lot while we’re prepping to launch our Business Consultancy, Web Design and Development Firm for the Maryland Washington, DC area. Derek is a great example of how having door-to-door sales experience can give you the tools needed to compete in the jobs and/or business world.
Every tech startup and business thought leader says that it doesn’t matter what you’re doing and that in the end “your are a salesman (woman), so get OVER IT!”. Door-to-door sales is bootcamp for accelerated learning. It’s cut throat and a pure performance based job. Only the strong survive! Those that are willing to go through this rite of passage are rewarded with a skill that can be Leveraged into any field of their choice.
Derek Nickerson knocked on over 50k door for four years and has blisters on his knuckles to prove it. He slept on friends couches in the early years, walked in the cold, and survived off a diet of PBJ.
This experience forged the tools and gave Derek the knowledge needed to land the head position of business development at a tech startup with $4 million in series-A funding. The changing landscape of business requires being fluid and adapting innovative strategies. Because of his sacrifice, Derek can offer other companies access to his insight as a consultant. So he’s currently building his own Consultancy for business development, marketing, web design and development.
If you’re wondering what can prep you for anything in life than look no further. My cofounder is one good example that I’ve seen first hand. One concept that growth minded individuals embrace is Getting Out of the Comfort Zone, because that’s when life starts.