This morning I attended a local Job Search Networking group. The initial conversation was different, interesting and relevant to searching for a job, as well as life in general.
The speaker started by referencing a bible verse:
Proverbs 22:1 – A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
When he read this verse, he offered that there is greater value in being known for the good you do rather than the riches you have. He also offered that “Favor” was receiving help, and to him, receiving help was far more valuable than receiving silver and gold.
I agree with this perspective of the Proverb and as the speaker continued, it became clear to me that if a name associated with doing good is valuable, than a person who understands the value of “Favor”, must be someone who gives Favor, thus creating a good name for him/herself.
When I heard the speaker talking about Proverbs 22:1 and the value of a good name and giving favor, I could personally relate to the discussion.
I train job seekers, business developers and professionals to Network for Mutual Benefit. This style of networking is rewarding because it starts with first offering to help others, either directly or indirectly. This is the best way to build meaningful relationships in life, community & career. Maybe simple at first, but in time deeper mutually beneficial relationships can develop. These developing and growing relationships are where you create your value and then the permission to ask for help for yourself.
I left that meeting feeling excited about Giving Favor. It is the underlying foundation for my edict of “Networking is the act of finding, developing and nurturing relationships that mutually move people forward thru life.”
Are you looking for a job? Are you looking for that next great sale or business opportunity? Are you looking for something new in your life?
Do you give Favor?
If so, congratulations – you will in turn and time receive the Favor you need.