The Value of Paying Your Success Forward

Here’s the deal, you didn’t become good at your job without the help of someone paying their success forward somewhere along the way. Maybe someone gave you advice early on in your career that shaped your path, or perhaps someone went as far as opening a door for you that helped you land your dream job. Whatever it may have been, it took someone to pay it forward so you could move forward in your career. 



photo of neon pink sign that says "don't just take, give."
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When I reflect on my professional path, I can tell you that I wouldn’t be the Product Manager I am today without some CLASS and the valuable guidance I received from various individuals early on in my career, such as Cat Jefcoat, who taught me about the importance of building relationships. And that’s why I believe it’s not just important but essential to give from the very beginning of your career. 



Whether you’re sharing expertise you wish you knew when you just started out or putting in a good word that helps someone move forward in their career, paying it forward doesn’t just benefit the receiver; it can also be valuable for the giver, a.k.a. you. 



4 Reasons You’ll Benefit from Paying Your Success Forward

It makes you happier — if you’ve ever been part of a charitable event, donated money to someone in need, or just helped in any way you could, you’ve probably experienced some version of what Allan Luks coined as, “helpers high.” And paying your success forward brings out the same good feelings. 

It boosts self-confidence — paying it forward can also improve your feelings of self-esteem and self-worth because you get to put your skills and talents to good use by helping others. 

It reduces stress — don’t just take my word for it, studies have found that people who show kindness and concern for others had a 23% lower cortisol level (the stress hormone) compared to the average population. So, in theory, the more you pay it forward, the less stressed you’ll be. 

It impacts growth — nothing cements your knowledge quite like teaching something to someone. Whether you’re sharing industry expertise or advice, you’re guaranteed to learn something new and grow. 



What’s more? Every time you pay it forward, you inspire those around you to do the same — creating a ripple effect. So, before you jump back into business, as usual, take a moment to jot down all the ways that people have helped you in your career path thus far. Then, write at least three things you’re going to do to help pay your success forward this month. Ready, set, pay it forward!


B Pagels-Minor

B. loves product development and improving the processes of developing successful products. B. has worked with small (100,000+) companies to increase product adoption, improve the product experience and design, and evolve the product vision. From Mississippi to Chicago to Silicon Valley, B. has built their career around building great products for amazing brands while also working to enrich their community around them. B. is a trans nonbinary lesbian whose pronouns are they/them/their.


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