The only scarce commodity in this life is time.
Throughout HVIII Brand Goods’ 8 years of operating, I’ve seen a lot of companies come and go. Over the years, I’ve come to see that one of the most influential factors in determining a company's success is how they handle their “competition.”
Some companies choose to build a higher fence instead of a bigger table.
They don’t talk about their business, they don’t share their ideas, they don’t share their failures, and they aren’t interested in letting anyone onto their island. At HVIII, unlike these other companies, we believe that everyone can eat. In my experience, the more that I’ve shared my resources and knowledge with friends and acquaintances, the more progress I make in my own world.
Here’s how I see it: I know that with or without me, if you have a plan, you’re going to figure it out. So, why wouldn’t I want to make another ally and friend? I want to see as many people as succeed as possible, and if I can help with that, then I’m in.
Of course, there will always be a downside. Giving is a two-way street. There are people out there who will only take and never give, people who operate out of fear and scarcity... but there are people out there who will reciprocate your energy and help you just as you’ve helped them when you need it.
So when you find those people, keep them close. Be a valuable asset to your friends and help them grow so that they can do the same for you or someone else. There is plenty of room for ALL of us to eat.
Build a bigger table, not a higher fence.