This morning I was working out and my son came up to me and kissed both my feet and then  went over to my wife and kissed hers.  I thought this was pretty interesting, that is for a two year old boy.  I thought it was really interesting actually, not because of the biblical implications “), but because of why he did this.

You see the night before, he whacked his toe against a wood pillar by our staircase.  He cried for a bit and kept on running.  But his toe started to bleed, so we stopped him, cleaned it up and gave him kisses on his toes.

Well after that, all he wanted was more kisses.  He wanted to be nurtured and cared for.  He wanted love and to feel better.  That’s it. Nothing else mattered until he went to sleep.

The next morning he kisses our feet…

What’s the point here?

Your linkedin contacts are like my son. “) They want to feel cared for, nurtured, know that you have their best interest in mind.  If you do this right, they will kiss your feet later.


About the author

Nate Kievman

Nathan Kievman is a highly sought after Digital Strategist, bringing a no nonsense business approach to digital and social strategies. His company, Linked Strategies is a consulting firm that specializes in measurable LinkedIn Client & Talent Acquisition Campaigns, helping companies from around the world find the fastest path to their target market today through services, training and technologies.

Having helped his clients generate more than $100 million in new deals through LinkedIn, his company specializes in using LinkedIn and Socially Verified Email strategies to deliver their clients a steady stream of highly targeted and pre-qualified appointments with top executives, CEOs, VPs, thought leaders and other key decision makers who are typically hard to reach.

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34 Responses to “My son kissed my feet…”

  • Ulterior says:

    I assume all these people looking to be nurtured are more interested in their self-esteem rather than a constructive spending of their lives by getting involved in something. Have notice people posting messages and asking to get more contacts? I cannot stop feeling sorry for them.

  • pete says:

    @ Ulterior, I think you missed Nate's point. I believe what he's saying here is that if you're looking out for your contact's best interests, they will return the favor.

  • Kumar says:

    Ulterior: I agree with Pete. Nothing wrong in growing your network. Just means you're trying to cultivate a group that you could belong to, so as to either be able to help or get help. Nate: Great post. You're right, people will respond if they feel they're cared for, not just at LinkedIn but any organization. I can vouch for that!

  • Raj says:

    Wonderful Post. Very true in Many of the cases. Customers really get pampered when they feel that we are really caring for them.

  • Thanks for your note. Very sweet and very true.

  • rupesh says:

    Very Nice, Good thoughts,

  • Arvind Shah says:

    Hello Nate, Really Good and Wonderful Post.

  • Awesome post!! That was super cute, and oh so true!

  • Bhupesh says:

    Really a very good learning. Once should give without expecting anything in return.

  • Madhav says:

    Good point, Nate. Would paying it forward also fall be another way of building a network of people ready to help you? I have a friend who has helped me so much and asked so little in return that I stand ready to help me anytime he gives me a shout. Do you folks agree that people should first offer something in return for what they are asking for?

  • Nathan says:

    Thanks for all the love guys. This was a nice story, and quite meaningful. Please feel free to share your stories taken from everyday average life, that translates to the Value of LinkedIn. All the Best, Nate K

  • Sunil Kohli says:

    Hi, Nate., Very Nice thoughts, it feels a touchable thing in the haart. Cheers Sunil Kohli

  • Nishant says:

    Interesting story and I personally feel that we need to help others to the extent possible as you never know when it comes back to you .

  • Bob Schecter says:

    Aesop's Fable's it aint. But the point is well taken even if stretched to the limit.

  • Luciana says:

    Nate, I loved your point. These social connections need our care because they are the evolution of human being. The web helps us to connect to all people in the world.

  • Dan Brantley says:

    It's a sweet story, But I am impressed with the headline. That's why I clicked over. Great way to arouse curiosity. Which can mean, you have to attract people to become your contacts - before - you can nurture them.

  • Ghazala says:

    So sweet and really impressive..!!

  • Leigh Kramer says:

    Nate - what a great story. Good reminder! And, I think those with the greatest self esteem are the best at attracting others and successfully nurturing them, as well as being able to ask for nurturing when needed.

  • This story is very cute and caught my attention. I know that was at least part of your point. Good job.

  • Kanika says:

    Hi Nate, Its really a sweet story. As I am a new joinee in linkedin. I like ur thoughts n hope that i receive the same nuture when needed. Kanika

  • I wonder if web industry affected by crisis as well? and to what extend? Will the admins continue this web?

  • Not that I'm totally impressed, but this is a lot more than I expected for when I found a link on SU telling that the info is quite decent. Thanks.

  • Tim says:

    Nice post and a lesson for us in networking in general. It does say rather more about how our behaviour imprints on children and therefore the awesome responsibility that parents have however. Take a moment to observe how your son mirrors your other behaviours too.

  • Kishor says:

    Really nice work.

  • Oluremi says:

    What a great story,Nathan! That is so sweet. Children learn a lot at that age. As I babysit my two-year old grand-daughter I see how quickly she learns and applies stuff. One of the most important things they seem to learn at age 2 is self-awareness and self-love. It seems to me that they also start to be aware that other people feel what they feel as well, and that may be how they learn empathy and gain an understanding of the Golden Rule!

  • Mark Arnold says:

    A challenge we should all consider is choosing carefully the opportunity to follow the parents example in providing the proper care, and attention, for the need without expecting anything in return (I am not advocating going around and kissing feet). There are those out there that will take advantage of free good will, but I believe there are more out there that would benefit greatly (and be surprised) if true care and concern was given with nothing expected in return. I have learned that you can never give more than you receive if the gift is truly a gift. The parents have a memory for a life time and I believe each of us wll receive similar beneifts if we act in a similar manner.

  • nate says:

    Sorry Ken... maybe you should re-read it... can't see why? It's a pretty honest and innocent story. Nate

  • Ken says:

    After reading this I felt like puking.

  • This is a beautiful love story and a good example of how babies and other innocent little ones can teach others of us the benefits of being, or becoming, loving beings ourselves. May we all learn from babies. I hope Pat Robinson, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Dick Cheney will read this story. Ahh, and yes, Connie Rice, too. Colm

  • nate says:

    @Colm thanks for the thoughtful support, and yes, I would love for the people mentioned to read this and comment! :)

  • William says:

    This is by far the most bizarre thing I have ever read about LinkedIn

  • nate says:

    Really? Seems pretty straight forward to me. The title gets some flack, but that's part of the game.

  • William says:

    Yes - firstly, the whole part about a son literally kissing his parents feet... twice. I guess every family is different - celebrate diversity! Secondly, comparing LinkedIn contacts to family members. I understand your analogy, but it just seems... gross.

  • So sweet, so innocent, so beautiful. A humble request. To make our life more beautiful we should adopt child like behaviour in our life, acrystal clear slate.