This morning I opened my phone and found a message from my friend organist, Christopher Henley, who was earlier my guest on the Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast. He thanked me one more time for inviting him.
He also mentioned that in 2019 he will be giving concerts in Japan and that he wanted to come to Europe with some recitals in 2020 or 2021. Christopher asked my help for recommending venues in Lithuania to play.
This is interesting, I thought. This podcast usually opens doors for me but here is Christopher asking for recital opportunities.
This is where selfish people will get stuck. The reflex is to hold back your information because it's you who also want to go for recitals to other countries, right?
But generosity is always the right thing to do. So I wrote him a lot of contacts. All of them. Not only in Lithuania but also in Latvia, Poland, Italy and Sweden.
Oh, and by the way, I did ask him for contact in Japan too. So we'll see...
And I said if Christopher would devise a compelling proposal that stands out, I could introduce him to these people.
Don't hold back, if somebody you trust approaches you asking for contacts.
It's the right thing to do. You never know where being generous will take you.
Certainly further than being selfish.