Why Generosity Matters;
Lessons from the Trucking Industry
I have had the privilege of working with entrepreneurs in the trucking industry for more than a decade. One of the benefits of my occupation is that I get to meet many, many hardworking and successful leaders across the nation.
When you talk with that many leaders, you begin to see patterns in the those who lead.
One of the things that I have learned in working with so many successful trucking industry leaders is the importance of generosity. From trucking company owners to dispatchers, from drivers to technicians, the most successful folks that I meet all have a spirit of generosity.
I believe that giving changes your heart. I’ve found that generous people smile more. They are kinder. They are more compassionate and others are attracted to their spirit of generosity.
I don’t go to Starbucks that often. (My fiscally conservative mind has a problem paying $3 for a cup of coffee that I can make at home for about 50-cents.) When I DO visit a Starbucks, one of my favorite things to do is to go through the drive-thru and pay for the person behind me.
If you’ve never paid for the person behind you, give it a try sometime. The few dollars you spend on someone else just might make their day. As for me, I get to spend the rest of the day wondering how the person in line behind me felt. Did it brighten their day? Did they pass it along and pay for the person behind them? Did they go to work and tell their coworkers how someone paid for their coffee? Did it impact the Starbucks employee to see a stranger pay for someone else’s cup of java?
I will warn you, though. Sometimes the person behind you in the drive-thru may be ordering for the office. I found that out the hard way one day. However I still think the $24 was worth the impact I hope it made.
By the way, being generous is not always about money. I have witnessed trucking industry leaders give their time. I’ve seen them donate their services. I have seen them lend a helping hand.
This Spring, while promoting and protecting the trucking industry at the Illinois State Capitol Building, I encountered a man who was in a wheelchair and he was struggling to put on his coat. I stopped and offered to help. With his approval I helped him get his arms into his coat. I asked if there was anything else I could do for him, and then continued on to my next meeting.
I hope that this gentleman’s day was a little brighter because I helped him with his coat. I can assure you that my day was brighter because I helped someone else.
I have found that generous people are simply nicer people. They smile more and they are more attractive. After all, who doesn’t want to hang around with someone that gives to others?
So if you want to be more successful in any industry, I want to encourage you to be more generous. Be generous with your time. Be generous with you resources. You will smile more and your heart will be changed. You will be more attractive to others and opportunity will come your way. Generosity matters.