A handshake, info being shared, a new community accessed through the power of that handshake.
Networking is just the best!
I began doing it in earnest back when I realized I wanted more “game” in my life.
I wasn’t even sure where I was headed yet. Just knew I had to start looking. Meeting new folks. Different folks.
Whoever you surround yourself with is a mirror image of your success
Your whole world is nothing but an image of what you think about most. What you see and experience is what your thoughts have brought you.
But let’s stick with the people part for now.
Whatever friends you have now tend to be the ones who make you the most comfortable.
Nothing wrong there.
Unless you begin to want more for your life. Then you’ll start noticing some negatives.
To be clear, the people who are your friends now are probably good people.
All I’m sharing here is, they have a comfort zone and you’ve been in that same zone with them.
But now you have these new goals – things you’d like to sell, messages you’d like to send out, experiences you’d like to investigate.
And to get these things or do them is going to require you to evolve upward into a new level of being.
This is probably not going to match how your friends feel about life.
Nor should it, necessarily. And your friends can remain your friends.
But to evolve so that you may succeed at your new goals, is going to require you to get some new friends.
You’re also looking for new teachers. You’re also looking to expose yourself to new situations that will open your eyes to your “blind spots.”
You don’t know what it is that you don’t know
The only way to learn what it is that you might be missing is to stretch the boundaries of your comfort zone.
You need to put yourself in the way of success by consistently going into lands never before entered.
- You’re going to trip and fall
- You’ll embarrass yourself
- You’ll waste money
- You’ll work harder than you ought to have to
- You’ll miss the mark more times than you can count
- Your old friends will try and get you to knock off this foolishness and return to the fold, like a sensible person
But you’ll keep going. And it eventually becomes fun, exciting, interesting, and freeing!
You’re going to meet your new self out there in the woods.
And you’re going to develop a new team, people who expect more of you but help you pull it off at the same time.
When you look back on these times, you’ll think of them as “The Wild West” days when you tried anything and everything to get ahead and had a blast doing so.
Of course, this networking also evolves and gets more professional
And like a great chess player, you learn new moves and construct better and better strategies.
Read “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu, if you really want to get for reals about this.
You come to appreciate the other minds with which you interact. You develop a respect for the other players and they feel the same toward you.
You begin to love the dance of it all.
Politics, either literal or personal, becomes a part and your knowledge of business workings evolves as well.
The whole thing takes on a richness and complexity that has to be lived in order to be appreciated
And the only way to reach that point is to put yourself into it and learn.
It is so fun! Worlds open up to you. People see you’re trying to make an effort and they assist you when you least expect it.
Others begin looking to you for advice in areas you used to know nothing about.
And your vision will alter as your understanding of these factors in networking becomes more enhanced.
Whatever you currently want the world to know is fantastic. Trust me.
And by wanting to share it on a large scale puts you ahead of so many woulda/coulda/shoulda types.
But this message, service, or product line will also evolve.
And you will come to both expect it and enjoy it.
If you’re brand new to any of this, don’t fret.
I owned nothing and had lost everything worth mentioning, to include my health and freedom.
I realized that part of my growth as a person was to reach out to others and try to connect. I needed help and answers and I gave both when I could, as well.
It became a fun symbiosis that I strove to achieve in every encounter.
I stretched. I tripped. I grew. And none of it killed me.
You can do this networking stuff and come to enjoy it too. Just takes a start and then some practice. Same as anything else.