You got to Give, before you can Get – Modeling Wisdom

I think you will notice this blog is not the typical Modeling Wisdom blog.  Instead of hitting on topics related to inspiration and advice in the modeling world, this blog hits more on the side of Wisdom.  Lately I feel as though there is a lesson to be learned in what it takes to truly get what you want; that even hard work sometimes is not enough to get you what you desire.  Sometimes you need help, and that is where I have been realizing that sometimes you have to give, before you can get.

The world and the people in it do not care about me or what I want.  God does, but that is a different story.  Aside from your small group of friends and family that you speak with closely, nobody else cares about your success or failures.  They have their own ebbs and flows to deal with.  But I am realizing that if you stop thinking for one moment about me, me, me, and begin to think about someone else, that you no longer fall into that world of people who do not care.  Zig Ziglar, a motivational speaker with an emphasis on Christian values puts it like this, “You can have anything you want in life, if you just help enough other people get what they want” -Zig Ziglar.  So many times we want others to help us, but don’t want to waste our precious time.  I am severely guilty of this.  I want help from others and at times, I even expect it; but when it comes to helping them back, I am conveniently unavailable.  I have been going about it all wrong.

Think of something you deeply desire, let’s say a fun, high paying job in your career field.  Don’t you think that if you helped someone else get what they deeply desired, perhaps they may in return try help you get that job?  Maybe they have connections you do not.  Perhaps they have skills you do not.  Maybe they can help you sometime down the road with something completely unrelated.  But at the end of the day, help is help, and we all need it.  This is the lesson I am learning.  This applies to every facet of life.  You should give, before you get.  I’ll leave you with this thought.  The next time you want something badly, remember the words of Zig, help others get what they want and they will help you get what you want.

1 Comment

  • Bryce Buell

    Reply Reply April 5, 2012

    Beautiful words Jonah. BTW – I am getting a Pod delivered to my parking lot so you can help others by coming over and helping me move stuff into it. In return I will help you feel good about yourself by saying “thank you” and giving you a hug. JK. Your words ring true and they are words to live by my friend!

    PS I was serious about the Pod.

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