Just in this past week I have variously been asked to do two separate speaking engagements (each over 200 miles from where I live), undertake an entire re-branding assignment, review a business plan, find finance for a start-up company and give mentoring advice.
All for free.
With the vague promise of a benefit for me somewhere in the distant future…
My great friend and business coach Katharine Dever puts it beautifully:
‘Why should I shrink myself to meet your low expectations?’
As an ex-Dragon with a world of contacts, I’m someone who has a real capacity to leverage ‘freebies’. Yet I actually make a point of paying for the goods and services I need.
It’s good old fashioned courtesy which shows real respect for the value that other people offer.
And if you fall into the ‘Bandit’ camp maybe you’ll realise now why you never seem to have the resources to pay anyone. Because when you don’t value others it’s a sign you don’t value you.
Have a great weekend!