I give mentorship seminars to high schoolers, and one of the main points I talk about is how giving freely without being asked is one of the best things you can do for yourself. I explain that such actions create a virtuous cycle. The other person does not feel indebted to you, but instead feels compelled to go above and beyond for you as well.
I try to live by this motto both personally and professionally. Now the cycle has wheeled back to me and I am so grateful. Two friends of mine volunteered to help tackle some tough issues we've been up against. It's making the development process so much easier. I am forever grateful.
Giving creates giving. Thanks James and Michelle. I will make sure to keep the cycle flowing!