I’m not sure what it is, but lately I’ve spoken to a bunch of people who just don’t get it. AT ALL. Ok, I don’t get everything, far from it…but something I have learned in my 29 years is how things work in business, relationships, life. I know this sounds arrogant, but it’s really quite simple: it’s about Connection.
Now, let me give you some background on me. I have always, always liked and been interested in people. I make friends easily, because I genuinely like almost every person I meet for one reason or another. It’s not an act to accomplish my own ends, I want to know who you are, what you like, where you come from…all of it. I learned this from my father, who would often take me to work tile-setting with him, and I would watch him interact with people. The man has friends everywhere, because he’s friendly. He’s genuine. He’s interested. In my childhood, I learned to love people. In my adulthood, I learned that this single skill can mean the difference between success and failure. Cuz guess what? The world is run by people. The more of them you know who like you, the better chance you have of making an impact. Simple, right? Every person has a choice of who they want to work with, hire, or buy from. Let’s be honest, products and services aren’t that different anymore. You’re 100% more likely to choose the guy you like over the guy who’s a jerk or who you’ve never met.
So what does this translate to? Spending time on relationships. You’re better off doing that than spending time looking online for a job or writing your name on a service sign and sticking it on the side of the road. You’re better off meeting one new person than watching a tv show at home. Because relationships do take time, yes…but making an impact can take a second. And showing up is half the battle. Now personally, I have to get this off my chest. I just had a ridiculous exchange with someone who, at one time was my friend. He commented that my life is too easy because I have had vehicles bought for me. Just after I started my business, my marriage (and subsequently my life) completely fell apart, and I lost everything while trying to maintain an image of success. I’ve had a lot of help in my life, and it was those few years when I needed it the most. Conversely, I have also worked harder than most people my age at my own business, spent 3 years networking consistently in the lower mainland, volunteered at numerous different organizations, used my connections to get several well paying jobs that I have been qualified for through school and a lot experience, and have used a fluke situation to now land my dream job at an organization I’m proud of. Did I get help? Definitely. Did I use every opportunity that came my way to develop a life for myself that I’m proud of? Yes. I refuse to feel spoiled for getting help when I needed it, and I refuse to not help others when they need it. This is how life works. You can stay at home, feel sorry for yourself and lament the supposed ease of other’s situations…or you can get out there, use what you got and make a life you love.
It’s up to you.