Some event of last week reminded me of a very important aspect of life which is the Favor Bank. I became aware of the existence of the bank while reading the book of Paulo Coelho “Zahir”a long time ago. One of the fragments in a very accessible and not contrived way describes the principles of the non-financial but very valuable institutions. Please read below.
What’s so special about the Favor Bank? Many people, it seems that it is enough that we know someone important, that we have the right to demand from him a favor. In ordinary everyday business-life is the arrangement of work, use of the services, purchase of goods, loan, favouritism, promotion etc ..
Unfortunately, this is not as simple as it might seem. Did not work?! Why someone ignores us? Why not help?
Referring to my previous post on the topic of mentoring (How to Find a Mentor?) of course it can happen, and sometimes it happens, that we meet someone on our way who can help us, gives us a favor completely selflessly, often this person is also our mentor or promoter. More often, however, selflessness is difficult to encounter. And then comes into play Favor Bank.
It is much easier to take advantage of the benefits of its actions when in the first we will take care of the deposit in the bank before the moment will come when we will be forced to use the help. It is worth remembering about it when you are starting the career and you begin to invest in favor of the Favor Bank. It is completely selfless action. Each person encountered on your way whose you will help in a selfless manner naturally becomes your debtor. Sometime in the future, perhaps there will come a time that you will need support in person, then you should turn to for help to your “debtors”. There is no certainty that it will work, but the odds are huge!
So how does Favor Bank:
Paulo Coelho: „Zahir”, chapter one “I am a free man” (fragment)