If I am in a position to do a favor, I will.
Often, I offer to do favors for people who haven’t even asked. I also do favors for people who aren’t in positions to return the favors, and will probably never be.
A neighbor’s son needed a summer job a few years ago, so I called someone who I thought could help, and he got a job.
I knew my sister, Shelley, would be tickled pink to come to The Today Show with me last week, so I invited her.
Two FOF friends are starting a new business and I helped them strategize their marketing plan.
A client was talking about her daughter, who was in law school and looking for a summer job at a law firm. I told my husband to hire her and he did, even though he usually hired interns from his alma mater. It worked out so well, this young woman is going to work full time for my husband.
If a friend of a friend, a friend of a relative or a relative of a friend asks me to do a favor, I will oblige, even if I have to go out of my way.
There was a marvelous section in today’s New York Daily News about George Steinbrenner, who apparently did favors for all kinds of people throughout his life.
“Steinbrenner wasn’t impressed by someone’s (job) title. He didn’t believe in a label. You don’t have to be President of the Boys & Girls Club or from the American Cancer Society to get his attention. You could just be a regular person.
“’F— labels! He’s a human being first!’ That’s the one quote that stands out the most. He used to say this all the time,” recalled Ray Negron, Steinbrenner’s special adviser for 38 years.
When I recently asked someone I know to do a favor for me, she lectured me about her self-importance and how busy she is and how she really couldn’t help. I was simply asking her to make an introduction for me.