We rise by lifting others. -Robert G. Ingersoll
I’ve always been an avid believer in karma, in helping others, and in giving back. I have worked in the casino industry for nearly five years now and if there is one thing that I have learned working in the corporate world and especially in such a tight-knit, albeit, strict environment, is that you cannot walk over people to get to where you want to be. The people who are successful and who nearly anyone would bend over backwards to assist, or hand an award, or promote time after time, are the team players. They are the ones who people know, not just because they are kind, but because they are willing to help others. They are the mentors and the role models…the team players. They are willing to reach out their hand to help others up even if it does nothing for them. They are not out looking for recognition. They lead by example. They are the type that people trust and look to for advice. The type that if they asked you to work on a project with them, you would agree without a second thought.
My mentor for the last few years has been a former manager of mine. She is an amazing leader, yes, she has plenty of achievements of her own, but even she would tell you that some of her most amazing accomplishments are the people that she encourages and mentors to do amazing things in their own professional and personal lives. She’s the reason that I wanted to and could go back to school and get not one, but two, undergraduate degrees. She is part of the reason that I am on my way to getting my master’s degree. She is the motivation that led me to advance in my career, she has always pushed me to focus on professional development. She has encouraged me to achieve things in my personal life as well, such as buying a house. She did not have to, and I certainly could never repay her, she did it because she wanted to. She has certainly won awards and accolades but that was never her motivation for helping others.
I recently interviewed a local entrepreneur by the name of Emily Breedlove, what impressed me the most about Emily was that everything that she does helps others. She spends much of her time helping entrepreneurs and has a passion for working to help women trying to become entrepreneurs. I mean, the fact that she took the time to let me interview her was proof that she does not mind to humbly help others and not ask for anything in return.
I am so thankful for people like Emily who contribute to their community and to other people. I am also so thankful for those in my current organization who are so willing to help others become successful. It costs nothing to create positive karma in your professional life. To be kind to those that you may meet who are interested in taking the journey that you have taken. It costs nothing to give back and be a mentor for others, but it could mean the world to the person you help to lift up.
Schusssler, S. (2010). It’s a Jungle in There. New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.