Seven or eight years ago, while in Napa with my wife and a few friends, we met this couple. They were a little older than us and very pleasant. We chatted about life, their kids, and business – just a friendly conversation.
Later that evening, I invited them to join us on our wine bus tour. They accepted and hung out with us throughout the tour.
She was a stay-at-home mom but worked in the business, too. They were both from other areas of the country but found themselves living in Arizona, where they raised their children.
After the tour, my wife exchanged numbers with Christy. Aaron and I hugged and said that we looked forward to connecting again “soon.”
Years went by. On occasion, my wife exchanged texts with Christy. She asked how our kids were doing and exchanged the normal pleasantries. Christy invited my wife to her 50th birthday celebration.
When we decided to move to Arizona, my wife immediately reached out to Christy to ask her thoughts on where to live, the best schools, etc. Christy was extremely welcoming and helpful. She invited us out to have dinner or a drink.
When we finally made the move this year, eight years from the time we all first met, my wife went to a party at their home. Just last night, we all went out to dinner.
Now, Aaron and I had not spoken in eight years and never knew each other well until last night. At the party, he generously shared more about himself, their family, and his business. It became apparent that he was very successful, both professionally and financially.
Aaron even offered to have us join them and some other friends this winter on their yacht in Florida. The invitation and their warmth were cherished.
After dinner, as we walked out, he asked if I remembered our trip to Napa. I did somewhat, but not entirely. (That’s not uncommon, by the way!)
Aaron went on the explain how much they appreciated the kindness and friendship we’d extended back in Napa. He thanked me for our hospitality and reminded me how generous we were that evening. That was all eight years earlier, and he still remembered!
All we did was invite this couple, older than us, out to enjoy the time with our friends. It was normal for us to want to bring everyone together, but it meant a lot to them, and he appreciated it beyond words.
“What can I do for you?” he said, sincerity in his eyes.
“Man, I am new here and just looking to meet as many people as I can. ‘Build a network and continue to build my business here in Arizona,” I replied.
“Consider it done,” Aaron said. “We have many financial needs on our own, and all of my friends are like you and will talk with you once I tell them to.”
Now, I am not often surprised – but this one shocked me.
Here is a gentleman who I had not seen or spoken to in years. We’d only met briefly, and I’d just extended a casual invitation.
But he remembered – and judged my character and who I was based on that interaction.
There is a great reward for bringing people together – and for being yourself.
Just be you. Be genuine. Open your circle. Think about others.
You never know where that will lead.
I promise you that the rewards will be golden.