Thach shares a story about giving The Gift for 8 years. And the joy of now having the opportunity to work with someone he’s developed a relationship with year after year!
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Hello Fellow Gift Giver,
Give The Gift to your siblings this week. As a member of The Gift group we are going to invite you to give The Gift to someone in your life every week. Our goal is to give you an opportunity to be of service to others with intention this week. The Gift group is going to focus on our siblings this week. Join us!
Our siblings, brothers and sisters, often get ignored or taken for granted. This week reach out to your siblings with no agenda other then to see what they are up to and discover if you can make a difference for them. Contribute on the spot, introduce them to the right person or help them see something important.
Tell your story to the group as it occurs.
The Gift Crew:
Matthew, Thach, Kristen & Marc
Watch miracles happen in your life, one gift at a time
Excerpted from a post on The Contribution Networking Party (CNP) site by Deborah Drake on March 10, 2010
Today I saw an email from Thach announcing the forthcoming event in Seattle as well as a request for Success Stories on the Law of Contribution. And I am compelled to share, for especially in this current economy with unemployment rates published at about 9-10% in Washington (meaning the reality is more likely double says one Business Advisor friend of mine), to hear of someone gaining employment and an ideal situation at that, feels good to report. This is VERY TRUE Story:
Our characters are:
Me: who is naturally inclined to be helpful and loves the CNP community for its very existence and stated goals.
Julia: newly unemployed and interestingly, by choice, wondering what now: more school or new work?
Anand: a new acquaintance whom I am cultivating a business alliance with
Raj: a business acquaintance of Anand’s whose a seasoned entrepreneur
Paul: Raj’s right hand man in Operations
And last but not least Tyler: a peer of mine in a class we were both attending
In January I was about to complete one course I was taking with Tyler and about to commence a new class that would include Julia, whom I had also registered for the course itself. Tyler provided generously all his classmates with tickets to a VIP party that was happening the night before the big Seattle Boat Show began. And I was excited to attend and invited my friend Anand to accompany, hoping to introduce him to those I might meet that I already knew were coming.
Julia had shared with me as we were registering her for her upcoming class, that she had recently left the PR firm she had been with for over 18 months to re-evaluate exactly what she wanted to do next and for whom. I offered to her that I would pass along her resume should I hear of a suitable fit. And most importantly I asked her what she wanted most or what she knew she didn’t want. She did a great job of identifying both and that was a key ingredient as well.
The night of the VIP party, I recall joking to my guest, I bet I meet someone I know in the first 30 minutes, for this was often the case for me. After 10 years of being friendly in Seattle, I feel like I know and know of a lot of people. Well this night it was my guest who ran into an acquaintance of his in the first five minutes of our perusing the glorious yachts and boats at the show. And so I was introduced to Raj and Paul and cards all around were exchanged after a very pleasant conversation.
A week later I was having coffee with Paul and it came up in conversation they needed to hire a person who sounded just like Julia…so I made a simple introduction on February 4th. And to make a long story a little bit shorter, she called me Thursday last to inform me she had been offered the job and it fit her wish list just right and she was starting Monday. And last report from her and Paul was that day #1 went great and there was much to look forward to.
I shared this with Tyler when I saw him last night as well and told him his role was equally important and it all began with his generosity. I hope I get to make connections that result in concrete goodness for many more people this year.
We just never know what our little introductions and additions to people’s lives will produce do we?
May we all make a grand connection for someone today that is but the first ripple in the pond.