Goodwill

People and organizations gain and lose goodwill on a regular basis.

They do a favor and they have gained goodwill. They ask for a favor and it costs them goodwill. There is nothing wrong with doing favors (in fact it’s a nice thing to do) and there is nothing wrong with asking for favors but it is important to understand when you ask for too many favors it is costing you goodwill.

Those people who do a lot of favors for people and rarely, if ever, ask for favors tend to have a lot of goodwill and if there comes a time when they really need a favor people are happy to do it for them. On the other hand, those people who rarely do favors for others but regularly ask for favors, when they really need something there is a decent chance no one will be there for them in their time of need.

The unfortunate thing is the people who ask for a lot of favors rarely realize there is a cost for a favor. It might not be a monetary cost but the cost in goodwill could be quite high. These people rarely think that way.

The interesting thing is those people who do a lot of favors and rarely ask for anything also don’t think this way. They aren’t thinking about building goodwill, instead, they just like to help others.

Be careful about asking for too many favors, it might end up costing you a lot when you need something the most.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

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