In this post, I am going to share one of the success factors behind; Seth Godin, Robert Scoble and Chris Brogan with you. It’s all about one word; contribution.
A few weeks ago, I had a problem with this blog. So, I got in touch with two experts, who I knew would be able to help; Robert Scoble and Chris Brogan. In no time, both were kind enough to get back to me with some excellent advice and the problem was solved.
For those of you who don’t already know; Robert is the former ‘technology evangelist’ for Microsoft and is now one of the best known figures in technology. Chris is, in my opinion, one of the world’s leading authorities on ‘social media.’ Between them, they have a dedicated following of hundreds of thousands of people. These are two very busy people!
Of course, these guys gave their help without a second thought. They also did so privately, OUT of the public gaze; so no one knew how helpful they had been to me, except me. That’s because they gave without expecting something in return. Neither of them know I have written this post or that it will be read by thousands of people today.
Seth Godin and contribution
As marketing expert and best selling author Seth Godin once told me;
“If you have an ulterior motive, your generosity is suspect.”
Wise words – especially as Seth shared them with me freely and in private! That’s right, these were not comments Seth made on a blog or in a Twitter message observed by thousands, to show how smart he is. No, it was just Seth taking time-out from a very busy schedule, to share an idea with me. (Thanks Seth!!)
I genuinely believe that it is not a coincidence, that each of the three people I have mentioned in this post, are at the very top of their chosen professions. For example, I was first made aware of Seth’s work, not by an advertisement or by his marketing blog – but after a good friend recommended him to me. I was first made aware of Robert’s work, after Leo Laporte recommended him to me. Again with Chris, he was recommended to me by a client of mine, who’s a fan of his work.