What’s the difference between a few million humans on our planet and a few billion?
How did civilizations first arise?
A long, long time ago..almost 10,000 years ago humans were spread out and survived as hunters and gatherers. We were excellent hunters. In fact, we were too good. The big game which we hunted were becoming extinct. Our food source was in jeopardy.
And then a miracle happened. We discovered how to farm.
Farming is how civilizations arose and how we went from a few million people to a few billion. But things have changed. Though we no longer live in an agricultural society, farming is still the cradle of society.
Farmers are invested in the land. What are we invested in? I’d argue it’s each other. We’re all connected. Whether we know it or not, we’re all farmers.
We’re all farmers because we’re constantly planting seeds. Every day we’re planting, but what is it? We’re putting things out in the world that will either have a good return or leave us empty-handed. The key to success in life lies in relationships.
Relationships are the crops which support everything. Our daily interactions and how we connect with each other are the seeds. How we present ourselves, treat others, and engage in conversation determine the quality of our soil. The more we invest in others, the more fertile our own soil becomes.
How to Plant
You might be asking, “How do I do this if I’m an introvert?” It may come as a surprise to some of you, but I am a natural introvert. However, once I get to know you and feel comfortable I am an extrovert. The great thing about the world we live in today is that you don’t have to be an extrovert to effectively plant your seeds.
I’m so grateful for social media because I’ve built real and meaningful relationships through it. One of these relationships turned into a friendship, which has also led to a business partnership with Lead ‘Em Up. It’s all about your network, and the key it to find people who you look up to as a source of inspiration. Social media makes it easy for you to reach out and let them know you value their work and what they put out into the world.
It’s not about what you can get out of it. Great things happen when you Forget The How (FTH) and just do the right thing. Relationships have to be built and seeds must be planted. We can’t do it alone. We need help from others. And as the quote above states, if we just help enough people get what they want, we’ll get what we want.
In life and business the strategy is the same. Best the best version of yourself, spread love, and leave things better than they were before you got there. You win in life and business by caring more. Care about what you can do for others. Our legacy isn’t what we accumulate; rather it’s the amount of lives we touch and make better.
The truth is we’re all contributing to the harvest. We all have magic inside of us. We’re all uniquely gifted and talented. We all bring something to the table.
Who are we to keep that to ourselves?
Take that magic and go spread it. Plant seeds every day. We create max value in our life by giving max value to all we encounter.
Go to others first. Reach out to those who do what you want to do and connect.
Don’t feed the negative machine in society. Be a part of the solution, not the problem.
Spread good seeds!
As always, thanks for reading, have a great week, and be an RGP today!
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