noyes.jpgHave you ever offered your help, expecting nothing in return except a thank you for your added expertise, only to be rejected? Well, not overtly, but rejection with silence?

Even if it was freely offered, and offered free?

Rejection is part of the roller coaster of being entrepreneur, and as a multipreneur perhaps I feel it, or see a reply of “I am going another direction,” more often, but it still stings.

Such was the case a couple of months ago when on a neighborhood chat room, aside from the usual chatter of selling extra furniture and asking for a reputable plumber who actually shows up, a soon-to-be-published author asked if there was anyone who could consult on social media for his upcoming book. I offered as we spoke on the phone, giving well-earned experiential free advice and sent a proposal to promote the book on LinkedIn, at his request.

No reply.

I followed up.

No reply.

Nothing. Crickets.

Today I see he is asking again.

Perhaps he is ready now, after an unforeseen production delay, or something in life that got in his way of publishing the book.

So I will offer my help again.

It is better to give than receive.

Wish me a reply, at least, of “no thank you,” or better, “let’s continue where we left off.”