Mentor a student. Give your time to a charity. Write a piece of work that a colleague is struggling with. Help a business get on social media.
When I say “without any expectation of a return”, I really mean zero expectation.
Don’t wonder if it will do your karma some good. Or improve your standing in the community. Or even make you feel good about yourself.
Those are all returns.
Do it because it is the right thing to do. Then move on.
The 2009 winner of University of Victoria’s Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year awards, Sir Terrence Matthews of Mitel, put this magnificent thought in my head a year ago and it has burned a hole in my brain ever since.
Give it away. Without any expectation of a return. Move on.
It was the single most powerful thing anyone has every said to me.
Other than, “Son, it’s better to have everyone think you’re a fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”