Out of Debt by Being Helpful

Being helpful is a sure way to get out of debt.

Helping others is a form of service. And every time you give service you are awarded points in heaven that will come back to help you at a later time.

I will share another story with you. When I was a young Boy Scout I had just learned about the Scout Law and was thinking about it on my way home from school one day. I was going over it in my head (you have to memorize the scout law as part of the joining requirements).

All of a sudden I saw this older man trying to lift a huge walk behind Rota tiller into the back of his truck. Well a “Scout is helpful” so I ran over and grabbed a hold of the tiller and helped him lift it up into the truck. Not a big deal, he said thank you and I went on my way home.

A few days later I received a call from someone that I did not know asking if I would come down to a local grocery store for a job interview. I had not asked for a job and I did not know who this was. But he knew me. He was the man that I had stopped to help.

I went to the interview and was asked why I stopped to help. I said in my toughest eleven year old voice “because a Scout is helpful.” He laughed and said, “that is what I want in my employees.”

He hired me on the spot and I worked at that store until I left to go to college. I later became a shift manager and the day manager.

Being helpful is a big part of staying and getting out of debt. Because it will help you in all areas, especially financial.

While I was in college I worked in the collection department of Discover Card. I can tell you from experience that if you are helpful when someone calls you on the phone trying to collect money from you…you are light-years ahead of the other guys that are not so helpful. This is called the law of reciprocity. Or if you help me I will help you. Or you scratch my back and I will scratch yours. It works, even with getting out of debt.

"A man in debt is so far a slave,"
Ralph Waldo Emerson.


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