On his daughter’s wedding day, Don Vito Corleone is visited by Bonasera, a funeral director. Bonasera requests justice be applied to the men who ruined his daughter. She was been beaten by two guys when they forced themselves upon her and she resisted. His beautiful daughter was instantly transformed, physically and emotionally. Her nose was broken, her jaw shattered and held together with wire. Bonasera asks for additional justice beyond the three year prison term handed down to them.
Although disrespectful of the Don for many years, the Don grants the favor after some conversation and thought. He says: “…Someday, and that day may never come, I’ll call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day accept this justice as a gift…”
Later in the movie the Don’s son Sonny is killed in a hail of gunfire when ambushed at a toll booth. Bonasera is fearful when the Don pays him a visit and asks for a favor in return. But all the Don requests is that Sonny be made to look good for his funeral.
Are you always looking for a “catch” to a favor? Sometimes there just isn’t one or it just isn’t what you expect. But when networking on the Web, as well as networking face-to-face, you must always take the approach and ask: “What can I do to help you?” And, you must mean it! Take the lead and grant the favor first. But when someone offers or gives you that networking favor first, be prepared and go out of you way to return that favor in kind. Networking is a two way street.
This attitude in life, as well as business, will come back to you in spades (contract bridge term). I believe in this life what goes around, comes around.
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