Sometime last year, I became friends with a guy in the gym who was on a similar lunch hour schedule as me. Our conversations are always easy, as we both share a strong interest in hunting and physical fitness.
His story and physical journey are quite impressive, as he has lost nearly forty pounds with a focus on his eating and exercise. He truly changed his look, but more importantly, found a passion for being healthy and feeling great!
In our conversations, he never directly asked for advice; perhaps because he didn’t want to bother, or felt it was inappropriate. Reality as it may, I was quick to give him some ideas and offer advice based on the years of knowledge I have been taught and gained.
To help him reach that next level of goals and move past a plateau he was on, we modified both his nutrition plan and training regime. We also started to work out once or twice a month, and I got to share some ideas on how to maximize his time in the gym to help him find his passion for lifting weights.
Since meeting him, I’ve never once thought about expecting anything in return. For me, being able to help is all about adding value to something I love. I want others to reach their goals, and maybe, return the favor down the road.
When my friend presented me with a simple custom gift this past weekend, I was taken back. It has never been about time, compensation or recognition for helping him. It was always about helping a buddy out. Yet this token of generosity hit home for me. The simple things we do for others can move mountains (or pounds) in their life.
Let’s continue to offer the simple.