In today’s podcast Aaron talks about two colleagues. One of them Dave was a trusted friend for years. The other Bob -- used to be a competitor and turned a friend. In addition to an abundant versus scarcity mindset, listeners will be reminded of the importance of relationships.
Competitors and Friends
Aaron talks about his business partner David and their competitor Bob. One might think they would be at odds but over the years, Aaron found Bob to be a very honest man. Aaron calls him a friend to this day.
Danny discusses the idea of playing a finite game where there are clear winners and losers. Aaron usually calls this game one of scarcity. When you play a finite game you can’t win unless your opponent loses. But the real game you need to play is infinite. This is the game of abundance. In an infinite game, everyone can win.
“During an infinite game there is no real start and finish no clear winners and losers.” - Danny Sunshine Bauer
If you are struggling for ways to encourage and uplift others here are a few ideas:
- If you have a podcast, blog, or vlog -- promote your friends and competitors and what they do
- Share their work generously via social media and or email
- Write a referral on LinkedIn
All these steps will take less than 15 minutes, but the ROI is priceless.
In this episode, the point is how Aaron is playing an infinite game. Danny says that Aaron has taught him that relationships are key to success and to do positive unexpected things for others frequently.
“In some respects there is no direct benefit for Aaron plugging Dave and Bob’s businesses. There are no affiliate deals. He doesn’t get a finder’s fee for someone that does business with them. So why do it? Because it’s uplifting. It’s encouraging. It’s good for relationships and it’s good for business.” - Danny Sunshine Bauer
Given two people in your community:
- One that selflessly promotes others and shares referrals
- Or the guy who has to “crush” the competition on his way to being #1
Who would you rather work with?
And that’s why Big A has experienced so much success in his life.
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