Years ago, I stumbled upon a book titled Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers. Despite the fact that the book is primarily about fly-fishing, the title of the book has long since stuck with me.
The simple fact in life is that we need other people. We were not meant to live a life of solitude simply. In order to be the best versions of ourselves, we need a little help along the way.
That is why it is so important to surround yourself with a supportive network of family and friends. These are the people who will help you through the tough times and celebrate with you during the good times. But it doesn’t stop there. If there is anything I have learned in my professional career, it is that anything that needs to get done almost always relies upon knowing who the right person to call is.
Investment is the only way to guarantee the person on the other end will take your call. Investment in them, yourself, and the relationship between the two of you. All relationships require a give and take. At the end, keep the scorecard balanced in a way that you are always willing to give a little more than you take. When the balance begins to sway the other way, you become known as “the person who only calls when you need something.” That is not the type of person anyone wants to be.
So the next time you feel overwhelmed or like you can’t do something alone, remember that you don’t have to. There is always someone who is willing to help – you just have to be willing to ask for it. And when you are in a position to help someone else, do it with enthusiasm and without expecting anything in return.
Through a little dumb luck and other people’s kindness, we can accomplish anything.