Geoff's Blog: Good Selfish
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As many of you know, I do two radio shows. My weekly show is from Midnight to 4 AM Monday through Friday, and my other show is on Sunday from 5 to 7 PM.
I am amazed at the selfishness this business seems to attract. I am not saying there aren't good people, but many are so self-absorbed, its ridiculous. They worry that if they help someone else, that person might get ahead of them. Helping people, whether you give them a few minutes on the air or give them good advice, can only come back to help you.
When you help or mentor someone, it makes YOU feel good about YOU. It's a good selfish thing--get it? You're giving of yourself, but the end result makes you feel good about yourself. The industry doesn't breed that attraction for some reason. I am not bitter, it's just the way it is. I am no star (yet--LOL), but I can tell you that whatever I have to offer, I will be glad to share.
I had lunch last week with Garry Meier, and he was such a breath of fresh air. He is a radio star in Chicago, having been in two of the most successful partnerships with Steve Dahl and Roe Conn. I have to say that Garry spent two hours with me talking about radio, and he is the exception to the rule. At the end of lunch, we ran into some people who recognized him. He was very cordial and appreciated their kindness. In the end, Garry walked away feeling good about Garry.
Take a hint from him, ladies and gentleman. If you are doing well and making it, share the wealth. It won't kill you. Being self-absorbed is obnoxious and is not a good moniker to have. Open yourself up a bit. You'll feel good about you. That's a good selfish thing to do.
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