His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby marsh. He dropped his tools and ran to the marsh.
There, stuck to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.
The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman’s thin surroundings; an elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy that farmer Fleming had saved.
“I want to repay you,” said the nobleman. “You saved my son’s life.”
“No, I can’t accept payment for what I did,” the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer’s own son came to the door of the family hut.
“Is that your son?” the nobleman asked. “Yes,” the farmer replied proudly.
“I’ll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he’ll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of.” And that he did.
Farmer Fleming’s son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.
Years afterward, the same nobleman’s son who was saved from the marsh was stricken with pneumonia.
What saved his life this time? Penicillin. The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill. His son’s name? Sir Winston Churchill.
“You only have what you give. It’s by spending yourself that you become rich.”
–ISABEL ALLENDE, CHILEAN-AMERICAN NOVELIST
When you practice the boomerang effect, you may actually notice a sense of relief because you don’t have to control things and keep score anymore. This is a newfound freedom when you can focus on your networking and allow the return to happen of its own accord. When you concentrate on supporting the other people in your network, you’ll receive an abundance of ideas, support and referrals.