The world has lied to us. We’ve all, at some stage, been convinced that for you to feel like you are doing great work, you need to have many people serving you. The opposite is true. Throughout history, the greatest leaders have not been those who were served by many people, but rather those who have served many people, and even going to the extent of putting their lives on the line doing so. This is one of the biggest secrets of super successful people, and let me hand it to you in 3 excellent ways narrated by 3 excellent sources:
1.Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. – John F Kennedy.
Human beings are generally inclined to want to be served, and to be given things they have not worked for – don’t we all want freebies? But this is not how you win in life and in business. Remember this; the quality of your questions determines the quality of your answers. Ask yourself, what can I do for my community? What sort of services do they need? What products can I bring to the market that can benefit my fellow countrymen? You see, this type of questioning opens your mind to new opportunities to bring products into the market – products that people need and are willing to pay for. This sort of questioning turns you into a person of value, someone the country now needs and cannot do without. This mentality of service now elevates you to an esteemed position while the other relegates you to a life of begging – don’t seek to be served, seek to serve.
2.You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want. – Zig Ziglar.
The whole concept of business is this: “what do people want and how can I help them get it?”. People love convenience, and anyone who goes out of his way to make life a little more convenient for other people, through the products or services they provide will become wealthy. Think about this, can anyone become wealthy without creating or producing anything of value that people need? Of course not. Even if someone inherited millions, if their mentality is just to spend on themselves without thinking of ideas on how to use the millions to create value for others – value they’ll be paid for, then the millions will be depleted. Find out what people want, focus your attention on giving them what they want, and they’ll happily pay you – and you’ll easily get everything else you want. It’s all about the mindset – help enough people get what they want, then you can have anything you want.
3.Whoever wants to be great must serve. – Jesus.
So, have you ever wondered why customer service is at the center of great companies? It’s simple, they’ve simply discovered the greatest secret – human beings love to be served. Hence when someone begins to serve, they ultimately become the leader. The world’s most leading companies aren’t those that are asking customers to serve them, are they? No sir, the world’s greatest companies are those that have found a way to excellently serve customers. It’s no wonder that leaders of these companies are among some of the world’s wealthiest individuals. Think of the Chinese company, Alibaba; they have more than 636 million monthly shoppers on their site. They have found a way to serve 636 million people monthly, is it any wonder that Jack Ma is a billionaire? Be humble enough to want to serve, and one of the best ways to serve humanity is to build a valuable business, one that solves tangible problems for people.
Here’s the greatest secret of all: servants are leaders, great leaders are servants.
CEO, Quality Growth International