It has been said that each chapter of our lives begins with a new person. New people bring to us a whole new perspective, skill-set, a different world of opportunity and a whole new sphere of contacts. The little-kid song that goes, “Make new friends, but keep the old. Some are silver and some are gold,” is a great philosophy regarding networking. As our networks get bigger and broader, our world, the world that we can actually access, gets larger. Like climbing a mountain and seeing the landscape below open up and getting a real look at the lay of the land, opportunities and adventures open up to us as we develop our networking relationships. Deepening and strengthening existing relationships is the next dimension in our friend-making; the trust and the rapport and the enjoyment of the relationship takes us up the mountain further and we reach more successes.
Building a network is a sign and a pathway to success, joy and adventure. You may not agree with everything Armstrong Williams says, but it is the truth when he says, “Networking is an essential part of building wealth.” Providing the opportunity for others to succeed by networking is my way of fulfilling the advice of my mentor, Zig Ziglar, who says, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”
F2F stands for “face to face.” While I may not be the originator of the phrase, I certainly am a proponent of getting this 3 letter phrase into the vocabulary of the internet. It needs to be emphasized and united with the New Media, that is, Social Networking. Using social media is a good idea, but the consensus is in that social networking alone without meeting people F2F is largely ineffective.
So my intent is to meet with as many new people as I can, re-connect with as many as I can, and develop as many relationships as I can and see if all this sage advice (which I have been living by) will yield some tangible results. And I will keep you involved in the adventure. You will learn from these people. I’ll let you know
- People I meet
- What they do
- What they feel are the keys to their success
- Regrets, if any
- Their goals and ambitions, what they need to succeed and what they can do to help you.
Your job? Enjoy it, get some ideas and apply them. Also, give me some input or direction. If there is someone that you think I should meet, give me an email or a phone call. Post your thoughts and join the adventure with me.