Yesterday, I got a call from one of the secretaries at my office saying her boss, a Director at the office, wanted to see me. ‘
Immediately, my mind went to the unfinished business between us: the things I had not done, which I should have done and sent to him for review. Excuses started springing up in my mind. I didn’t want to see him. I had a valid reason to give to him, that I had been away from the office on training.
After all the brainstorming, I decided to go. And so I went to his office.
‘Ah, Ike! Long time! Where have you been?’ He asked on sighting me.
Before I said something, he took out two fresh books from his table, and said, ‘Here, read these. I would want them back as soon as possible.’
‘Sure, sir, would do,’ I said and swiftly made my way out of his office before he remembered I owed him something.
Those books are fresh. The first is a summary of the second. ‘The Rainforest’ is the title of the big book. A book about building organizations (human ecosystems) that nurture innovation. I’ll probably be doing some blogging around the concepts in the book in the days to come.
One of the phrases they talked about in the book is, ‘pay it forward.’ Sounds familiar right?
‘Pay it forward,’ according to the writers, means doing a favor for someone without expecting to get paid back directly.
Oftentimes, we do favors for people, and expect to get some monetary reward in return. When however we do not get it, we get disappointed and disillusioned. This ought not to be so.
You never know whom you are doing a favor. The person might appear to be a stranger but might give you the lead to your next big break in life.
As you go about your business, be willing to do something for people without expecting payment. If the payment comes, fine. Else, you just paid it forward!