How is Your Business Karma?

“What’s in it for me?”

I appreciate and respect a person who knows his or her own worth. I also think it is admirable for a person to be ambitious and crave success. We ALL deserve to be recognized and compensated for our time and energy. And I have learned that in business, the person who has the wherewithal to ask for what he or she wants (and deserves) is often the one who finds success.

But, the “what’s in it for me” can be taken to the extreme. It can start to cross the line of greed and selfishness. Sometimes the answer is not always linked to a dollar sign. There are benefits and rewards that can mean more. There is a value in helping others succeed. It’s called karma.

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I have found that if you willingly and openly help others without expectation of an immediate return you will be repaid down the road. Good things will come your way. Doors will open. You just have to be patient.

To me, this is the new way of doing business. An honest and integrity-filled way of representing your brand.

It’s not to say that you should shun success or undervalue your worth. And you definitely shouldn’t allow others to take advantage of you in any way. What I am saying is that sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture and remember how you started. You have to remember that we ALL need help from time-to-time.

I have always hated the “good ole boys” network and idea that as long as you are “in,” you will be lifted up and given opportunities. As if growth and success should only be limited to a select group of people. This is a load of crap.

Anyone with a goal, a strong work ethic, a desire to create or build, a clear mind and strong heart should be given an opportunity to move forward. This means everyone should be “in.” Everyone should be able to find their own network of support because it is nearly impossible to grow without the help of others.

And if you are lifted up by a strong community, it is your moral obligation to “pay it forward.” You cannot forget. You cannot look the very people who stood with you at the beginning and ask, “what’s in it for me?”

Instead, you should ask: “what can I do for you?”

Okay… rant over. What do you think? Are you a giver or a taker? Did you reach your goals alone? Have you ever seen the benefit of helping others? How is your business karma? Please leave a comment or join the discussion on the Tiny Steps Mommy Facebook page.



Nicole Dash is a writer, blogger and business owner who lives in the suburbs outside Washington, DC with her husband and four children. She started her career as a journalist and copy editor. She also managed public relations and corporate communications for a national franchise company, but in 2006 started a child care business. In 2012, she launched Tiny Steps Mommy, a lifestyle and parenting blog that quickly gained a following and connected her to an expansive group of women-owned businesses. In 2013, she started a digital marketing consulting business that focused on growing community in an authentic way. Through those connections she was inspired to open Play, Work or Dash, a coworking space that also offers onsite childcare up to three hours per day. It is where like-minded professionals pursue their business goals with the extra level of support parents desire; a place where you "bring your kids to work." She is an active member of the Washington, DC blogger community. She has been published on The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamalode and Pop Sugar.




  1. I couldn’t agree more. I think the old order is giving way to the new – where community and sharing are the paths to success, not greed or cut-throat thieving and competition.

    I have no problem promoting other vegan businesses and helping to drive traffic their way. If it helps to build the overall community, then, in the end, some of that will come back my way. Plus, creating that relationship and building trust with a fellow entrepreneur can only help my business in the long run…I’m more likely to be invited to speak at events, to guest blog, to contribute to a book, and to get client referrals.

    I’ve also noticed that the more I give, the more I receive. For every tip or piece of advice I share, somehow knowledge finds its way to me exactly when I need it. It’s a powerful cycle of positivity and support.

    Love your thoughts! 🙂
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  2. Such a powerful message and nothing but the truth. You absolutely can NOT have that type of attitude. I loved this training that I attended a while back on servant leadership – and the same applies in entrepreneurship and networking as well. You should always look at business relationships from the stand-point of what you can do for others; never seeking what can be done for you. The magic in that is what happens by design: while helping others, you will reach your goals and be taken to new heights as well. It’s a win-win.

    Nicole, you are definitely paying it forward, backward, sideways, and some more; I applaud and thank you for being such a wonderful person to network with and for how much you are willing to share and help others. We need more like you!
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