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Posted: October 01, 2012

Five tips for getting what you need to succeed

Help others, and they'll help you

Theresa M. Szczurek

The Bible says, “Ask and ye shall receive.”  Do you believe that?  How often do you reach out and request what you really need? Many times we work alone or hold back in fear of what others will think if we ask. Connections with self, proper people and spiritual sources are part of the winning formula.

Author Jim Collins said, when I interviewed him for my “Pursuit of Passionate Purpose” research study, “The right people help along the way. This inner circle of people with integrity won’t let you down.  If you were on a boat in a stormy ocean, you could rely on them.”  Not surprisingly, ‘having the right people on the bus” is also mentioned in Good to Great as one of the determining factors distinguishing great organizations from those that are merely good, and as the closest link between a great company and a great life.  People genuinely want to help, although some may not be as tactful and others not as forthright as you would like.

Radish Example.  Last quarter, I sent out a special message via various channels asking for connections that could help my new business, Radish Systems.  I was pleasantly surprised at the positive response I received and continue to receive.  Thank you for your help and for demonstrating the power of the Connections Strategy.

Five Practical Pointers for Getting the Help You Need

Attract.  Hold a broad intention of what you want. Imagine the help you need coming your way.  Be open to the possibilities.  Believe that you will receive. Use the Attraction Strategy.  Say the affirmation, “I easily and quickly attract all the resources needed.”

Ask.  People want to be wanted.  They like to help.  Some are standing on the sidelines wishing they could be involved.  Perhaps your passionate purpose can bring meaning to their lives, and it may even become their reason for being.

Pray. The help you need may come from spiritual sources.  If these forces are real to you, recognize and embrace them. Spiritual connections positively influence some people’s pursuits.  As Paulo Coelho states in The Alchemist, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.”

Appreciate.  Be sure to take time to thank those around you. Be grateful.  A little appreciate goes a long way.  Let your supporters know you value them.

Help others.  It never seems to fail—when you help others, others will help you.  You learn a lot in the process, especially about how to involve others in your quest.

Theresa M. Szczurek, Ph.D., co-founder and CEO of Radish Systems, is a serial technology entrepreneur. The story of her last start-up, which sold for more than $40 million in less than six years, is included, along with her strategies for success, in the Amazon-bestseller Pursuit of Passionate Purpose: Success Strategies for a Rewarding Personal and Business Life., and @TheresaSzczurek on twitter.

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