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Add Value to Others: Learn to Give More Than You Get

Magazine article Success

Add Value to Others: Learn to Give More Than You Get

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One of my goals is to take the typical advice you hear, deconstruct it, and instead of telling you 25 things you should do, show you the one thing that actually works.

Are you tired of experts telling you to add value without showing you how to do it? If your answer is yes, we're on the same page. Below, I'm going to show you an email I sent that shows exactly how you can add tangible value to your life.

As you read, notice two things:

* This is how you build personal and professional relationships. If I call a journalist, CEO or friend, they're happy to help me. It's not because of some fancy technique, but because I've been helpful for years.

* Anyone can do this. You don't need an Ivy League degree or a published book.

Here's an example of how my friend Derek Sivers gave my name to someone from The New Yorker.

From The New Yorker:

Hi, Ramit!

Hope this note finds you well. Derek Sivers recommended that I reach out to you. By way of introduction, I run strategic partnerships on the publishing side o/The New Yorker. We are working on blogger integrations for some of our upcoming events surrounding The New Yorker Festival', and I would love to start talking to you about possible partnership opportunities. If you are interested, I'd love the opportunity to set up a brief introductory call to give you a sense of what we are working on. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thanks.

One thing I've learned is to thank people for doing nice things. This sounds obvious, but I could list the times people didn't say "thank you" when I've hooked them up. …

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