I had a bad day yesterday. A really bad day. On a scale of 1-10, it probably reached a 7.8 (anything above that has to be life threatening).
Due to some incredibly unscrupulous dealings, I am essentially going to find myself with nowhere to live in London next Friday. With a 4-year-old son.
I felt so aggrieved that I blogged about the whole sorry scenario (read here). I tweeted it and I asked everyone to RT for me. It was cathartic, but it didn't necessarily solve my problem - at least not immediately.
Then all my Twitter friends (@shaawasmund) picked it up and started Retweeting my plight with a vengeance.
Literally within minutes, I had offers of help and support. Places to stay and ideas for resolution (some of which I would love to carry out, but really aren't legal, unless we lived under a dictatorship and I happened to be the dictator).
I even had an offer from former Dragon Rachel Elnaugh!
Your responses restored my faith in human kind. You showed me in real time what social media is all about it. And it's simple.
Collaboration. That's what it's all about.
What we can give, not just what we can get. How we can help and how others can help us. Galvanizing behind causes and campaigns that stir our emotions and morals.
It's the reason we set up Smarta.
Whatever each of us can do as individuals, it is nothing in comparison to what we can do collectively. We need to share our business lessons and experiences, our trials and tribulations. We need to open our networks and contacts. We need to ask for help more often and we need to give help more freely.
You might not be able to find me a family home in Blackheath or Greenwich, but there is someone out there you can help; right now.
Don't put off til tomorrow what you can do today. Go check out Smarta's Q+A section and see who has a business challenge or query you can answer or offer help to.
It will only take five minutes, but your five minutes might just make someone's day.