The importance of networking

Whether you are building your business or developing a career there is one essential skill that you must put time into – networking.

Developing a network is one of the most beneficial things everyone can do. Having a community around helps make running your business or developing your career so much easier for many reasons.

  1. You have a network of people that you can ask advice from.
  2. You have other businesses/people that you can partner or collaborate with.
  3. You have the ability to develop relationships with people and gain insight on a different perspective that you can use to innovate.
  4. Overtime you will build relationships where you help each other, share ideas, help solve challenges – within your network everyone will have something to offer each other.
  5. Businesses will increase sales (through network referrals) and individuals will be thought of when job opportunities match their skills.

However, many people struggle with building up their professional network; after all, when you are taking care of all of your other responsibilities how can you also have time to socialise?

So, yes we have to take time to build our network.  I am not talking about turning up to meetings but, consciously making time each week to develop your personal network.  Joining networking groups is a great way to start, however it is just that, a start.  Developing YOUR network is what I am talking about here, when you meet people through network groups, industry functions, training etc actively look for people who you could network with.

The best way to start is to think about how you can help others in your network, what can you offer them? Once you get started you will find over time your network will naturally sort it self out.

I have a number of ways I manage my personal network/s.

  • Coffee meetings (you do not necessarily have to meet with everyone at the same time)
  • Build my own network groups online (usually I will identify people in these groups I want to work with face to face)
  • I manage my own network group/s which meet either monthly or quarterly.

If you are new to networking join a group, work with others who you identify as great networkers, or ask your colleagues and contacts if they know of a great group.

I am a fan of starting your own network, nurturing it by looking at what you can offer those you meet with and working on this activity every week.

I hope this article inspires you to either start networking or refresh your approach to this skill.  I have no doubt it is the single most successful way to build your business or develop your career.

“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world – often do”

Persistence and using the Law of Accumulation

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”– Calvin Coolidge

Persistence and understanding the Law of Accumulation will help you achieve things you may never have thought possible.

The Law of Accumulation
Everything great and worthwhile in human life is an accumulation of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of tiny efforts and sacrifices that nobody ever sees or appreciates.

Understanding that little wins will accumulate and persistent actions, education, training while building your financial base will allow you over time to achieve massive goals is important.  If you wish to decrease the time to achieve these things you need to increase the volume of little things and the most important thing to develop is your knowledge.

If you wish to decrease the time to achieve these things you need to increase the volume of ‘little’ things especially knowledge.

We have all heard the saying “How do you eat an Elephant?” “One bite at a time” or “A journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step”.

These sayings illustrate the Law of Accumulation.  The only thing stopping you from succeeding in your quest is when you decide to quit.  Being persistent and determined and understanding the importance of every little win accumulated will eventually bare the fruit you are after is a mindset I hope all my children adopt.  I hope you adopt think about adopting this mindset too.

However, there are ways to use the Law of Accumulation, that will help you accelerate your quest for success.

  1.  Using the Law of accumulation to improve your knowledge and skills, advancing your ability to find answers or solutions for the hurdles that may lay ahead. Whether you do this through an education provider or simply through your own persistent study, reading, writing and experimenting will help you move things along.
  2. Gaining experience working with those who have been there before, working with a coach or mentor until you can learn no more from them, then seeking out others that have the experience to help.
  3. Accumulating funds and creating assets that help you generate the income to purchase the tools, training and knowledge to keep momentum working in your favour will allow you to do things faster over time.  Building a solid asset base should be a priority the moment you start earning.

All of these actions above will help you keep growing and learning and accumulating those little wins that will help you achieve your greatest dreams.

Sometimes days, weeks, months may pass by with only small wins, so it is important to celebrate every little win and this will help your motivation to be persistent even when you take what feels like backward steps. Appreciate each day for what you have learned that day and make a fresh start to accumulate a win tomorrow.

So do not despair when you hit a wall, fall down and feel there is nothing more you can do – because there is.  You can start again, maybe you needed to rethink your approach, change your approach, research and learn something new, train harder? find help? find motivation? whatever it is pick up and go again.

Be persistent, use the Law of Accumulation every day.

And never stop.