“You can get anything you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”
~ Zig Ziglar
This is a classic quote from legendary speaker Zig Ziglar that I have been aware of for several years. While I have always understood what Zig was saying in this quote, I never really got it until this week, when I was awarded my first voice over job.
The experience was an “ah-ha” moment for me. I wasn’t awarded the job because I had a better voice than anyone else who auditioned. (I’m not bad, but I’m no Morgan Freeman or James Earl Jones!) The reason I was selected for this job is because I was helpful to the client.
The audition notes stated that the client would be open to suggestions for improving the script. Since they asked, I made some changes to the script, which caused it to read better, without changing the spirit of their message, and submitted my audition. When I was awarded the job, the client mentioned they liked that I had taken the time to make changes to the script and liked how it now read. It felt good to be awarded the job, but it felt even better to know that I added value to the client’s project. I felt good knowing that I had helped them.
This experience reminded me of Zig’s quote and the truth behind the principle of being helpful and useful to others first, rather than first seeking what we want and what we can get for ourselves.
Where in your life do you have opportunities to be helpful to others? I’m not talking being helpful in a manipulative way, where you expect something in return. I’m talking about offering your skills and talent to others to help them with their struggles and challenges. Begin looking for opportunities to be helpful to those around you. Not only will it make you feel good and benefit those you’re helping, you’ll most likely find that others will be eager to help you get what you want as well.