I married into a family full of great advice.

My father-in-law, the Honorable Steven W. Fisher, didn’t have an entrepreneurial bone in his body. He was conservative and cautious — not a risk taker by any means, and he was a Judge, not a businessperson. Yet one thing he knew was people and relationships — and he gave me the most important advice I’ve ever received – advice that has deeply impacted my businesses and my life. PopPop, as we knew him in the family, told me early on in our relationship, four words which continue to resonate with me many years later:

Show your friendship first.

PopPop taught me this essential business paradox: when you want something from someone, give them something instead, with no strings attached or expectations. Ask how you can be of service. Act like a true friend, even before you’ve established a friendship. Are you guaranteed to be able to leverage this later? Absolutely not. But that’s not the point – the point is that when you act unselfishly – when you behave as you would to a great friend – trustworthy and trusting, respectful and kind – then more often than not, good things will come in the relationship. [read]

About these ads

About joetheflow

I'm a multimedia designer, video editor, photographer and musician who likes just about everything so here's a place to share. I'm left-right brained which is both a blessing and a curse but never boring. Check out: 3 Penguins Design - http://www.3PenguinsDesign.com ::: 3 Penguins Photography - http://www.3PenguinsPhotography.com :::

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s