Growing up I heard it from my mother many times when we went out: “If you can’t pay for your meal, you’ll have to wash dishes” It was a joke we heard many times.
Well, this is today’s lesson in our week of what I do not have in common with someone but need to learn. We will be talking about the Soul Kitchen and what we can all learn from Jon Bon Jovi. This is not the first time our rocker blog has talked about Jon.
Jon Bon Jovi is one of the greatest rockers of the ‘80s. Music is one great thing he has been successful at over the past 30 years. But he has had many other successful business ventures and charities, from sole owner of Philadelphia’s arena football team to joining with Habitat for Humanity to build homes. Jon is a person who has served his community very well, and along with Bono, is one of the top musicians out there in charitable giving.
Today I was reading the story of how Jon built the first restaurant with no prices on the menu. You can donate for your food or volunteer in the kitchen or help out in some other way around the restaurant to help pay for your meal. In a world where so many are talking about giving to help those who are less fortunate Jon is putting those words to action.
Many are talking about how to really help. Is it to offer a handout when someone asks for help? Jon has a system to teach a hand up instead of a handout. Yes, you can get food, but you must serve others to get it.
So what I need to learn from Jon is that there is a way to help people without just giving money to them. We can actually help people by teaching there is a value to what you offer and, yes, bartering work for food or some other kind of help is OK. We can actually trade our time for a dollar value when we have nothing else.
This concept is the first I’ve heard of and, as I understand it, it started out with a meal offered at a church; the concept grew into an actual restaurant. So often we want to have a big launch for a great idea like this, but we need to take it a step at a time. If the world needs the idea, why not start small and build to make it happen?
People like Jon and Bono have used their success as rock stars to build charity in our world. To help solve problems, we need to learn from them. First we need to become successful at something and then we give back – to our communities first, then to our world.
So your challenge is this: what are you doing to become successful? How are you going to take the idea of helping others up? It takes small steps to get there, so what is your next step?
I’m Tim Gillette, creator of the Rock ’n’ Roll Keys to Business Success. It’s time to take action and start living your dream. Are you ready to change and make 2013 rock?
PS: Be watching for the new book, You Can Always Get What You Want, due out soon. Stay tuned for the launch. It will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble online, and coming to a bookstore near you.