Have a penny? Leave one.
Need a penny? Take one.
It seems really simple, but I'd argue that is one of the largest challenges out there for anyone who produces. Whether you are producing a show, event, or revenue for a start up company, you are constantly in a state of giving and asking every day. You are leaving a penny when you have one and taking a penny when you need one.
Here's the conundrum:
Some folks always give a penny even when they can't afford it and some folks take a penny even when they really don't need it.
So we turn back to the container for the answer and it is:
If everyone took a penny there'd be none left. If everyone gave a penny then the counter would be covered.
Instead you'll see between 5 to 6 at any given time.
In my opinion, to be successful in your endeavors you constantly have to ask how many pennies you have in that container.
How often do you ask and how often do you give?
It seems that giving all the time is a good thing, until we have nothing left.
It seems that asking all the time gets us what we need, until people start avoiding our calls.
So take some time today to think about how many times you have asked for something and how many times you have given something.
If there is an inequity, remember that container.
If you actually HAVE a penny, give one.
If you actually NEED a penny, take one.
Because the more balanced containers out there, the more people in need we can actually help.
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