Give others what they need before you take what you need

Q. Why is it important to apply the philosophy of “give before you take”?

I used to get quite frustrated in the early stages of my career due to not getting any interview calls or job offers. When I started blogging, I used to get quite demotivated due to not getting enough traffic to my blog or not receiving any positive comments or encouraging emails. This derailed my momentum to keep on going. When I started to consciously apply this philosophy, I started to gather momentum again. This philosophy can be applied in a number of scenarios:

At your job

give your employers what they need in terms of getting things done, adding value to the business, providing solutions to business and technical problems, becoming a go to person, taking on more responsibilities, and staying visible as a great contributor before you take what you need in terms of recognition, promotion and salary increase.

In your resume or CV

give your prospective recruiters a quick snapshot of what they need in terms of quantified accomplishments, experience and capabilities in sought-after technologies, frameworks, and tools, well roundness to get the job done with good technical skills, soft skills and right attitude before you be in a position to take what you need – multiple job interviews. Have customized and targeted resumes to individual employers to give them what they need.

When attending job interviews

give your interviewers what they are looking for in terms of

  • Good understanding of the basics (things you must know).
  • Good handle on the 16+ key areas
  • Passion for the chosen field and real interest in the job and the organization.
  • Ability to fit in well with the team.
  • Great soft skills (Examples/scenarios) & right attitude (i.e. I know it all, My way or high way, it can’t be done, etc won’t help no matter how technically talented you are)

During your interview preparation ask yourself a few questions like

  • What can I give to the prospective employers that many others can’t?
  • What skills, experience, and capabilities can I marry up with their requirements?

When blogging

give your blog readers what they need in terms of

  • steps required to getting a task done or solving a problem.
  • potential pitfalls to avoid.
  • information to improving the technical knowledge or awareness.
  • inspiration to progress in their careers.

before you take what you need in terms of recognition, networking, and monetary benefits. If providing content that is readily available elsewhere, combine it with some creative ideas, so that it will be easy for your readers to grasp. Before you start blogging ask yourself the following questions

  • What can I offer others that no one else can?
  • Am I willing to invest time and commitment?

If you are building an application

for individuals (e.g. mobile apps, games, etc) or business users give what really your target audience need by asking the following questions

  • What problems does it solve?
  • What benefits does it provide?
  • Are there any similar applications and what am I competing against?

before you take what you need in terms of your market share, revenue, and recognition.

Very often people want to take without giving. So, apply this philosophy in your future endeavors as you see fit, and avoid frustrations and open more doors for your success.

If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done” – by Thomas Jefferson

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