"Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again."
- O. Mandino
I try to extend care. I try to extend kindness. I try to understand. I try, but I do not always succeed.
I love the idea of doing these things with, "... no thought of any reward." I try, but I do not always succeed.
The crazy thing is: when you do good things with no expectation of reward, rewards come more freely. When you approach every scenario, business or personal, with a calculated eye towards "yeah, but what's in it for me," there's an inherent lack of authenticity. The thing you do, whilst angling for the reward, always falls just a little bit flat.
Life is not zero sum.
Tomorrow I spend the day in a conference with a lot of people with whom I'd like to do business. I'm going to set an intention right here, right now, to approach the entire day tomorrow without any expectation of reward. I'm just going to extend all the care, kindness, and understanding I can muster. I'm looking forward to tomorrow.
Now, I'm going to bed.