Brad Feld, MIT grad, and co-founder of a venture capital company in Boulder, Colorado, wrote a great post on his blog the other day entitled, Great Entrepreneurs Believe in Karma. It struck me because I have been using the word “karma” so much in the last few months.
Partly, I think, it is because of the time I have dedicated to OCJobTalk with my partner Justin Moore-Brown. OCJobTalk is a social network that connects people looking for work in and around Orange County. Running the site and meeting new people every day (even if its online) has been rewarding in and of itself. And we are just starting to reap the benfits of the seeds we have sown thus far.
I have also been encouraging small business owners and friends to help someone even if they don’t see a direct benefit. It is a new more cooperative economy we are dealing with now. Everybody needs help. And it doesn’t take too much time to offer someone a piece of advice or give them a referral.
Fast Company has a great article on Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes who also directed President Obama’s online campaign. Hughes was the poet of the bunch and nicknamed “The Empath”. It was his empathy and quest to find cool tools to help people share and connect that made him so valuable to both Facebook and Obama.
That kind of empathy is where karma starts. When you begin to see others not as objects in your sea of subjectivity, but as people just like you. With strengths and weaknesses and the desire to succeed.
Read Bryan Elliot’s mission statement for SoCal Action Sports Network and you’ll see a karma guy at work there too. You’ll find it in his language… “connect”, “collaborate” and “generosity”.
Helping someone is rewarding because the act itself makes you feel good.
Those good feelings are a kind of karma that can energize you to fight another day.
And that newfound energy may lead you the following day to make that extra call, push a little harder or find an elegant solution to a vexing problem.
Now go get your Karma on.