Have you ever wondered what separates success from failure? There are lots of components and intricate moving parts. I’d argue that one of the most important is the power of purposeful connection. If you listened to last week’s episode, you will know that I shared a story about my grandparents, June and Lola Slemons, and made a big deal of not missing today’s episode. Well today, I’m going to share another story.
Like many of you, I grew up admiring my Dad. Recently, I got to ask him a few questions about his time as a self-employed, general contractor. Through the story, I want to share with you what I believe was a “lightbulb” or “aha” moment that all of us can use to propel us toward fulfilling our visions and dreams.
You must connect with people who are more skillful than you are. Get stretched beyond your comfort and learn from others who are specialists at what they do!
Five Key Takeaways:
- It takes time to develop a skill, a craft, a capability. Be patient with yourself and be willing to invest the time/energy to learn it. One of the best ways to perfect a skill is to teach it to others.
- Practice your art, and don’t have unrealistic expectations while you build your portfolio/resume
- Don’t hesitate to do something for someone, even if you don’t earn a dime from it and don’t get caught undervaluing the work you do
- Connect, not just with those who do what you do, but those that do what you DON’T do so well
- Meet frequently with those who are doing what you want to do
If you only remember one thing from today’s episode, remember this: you MUST establish purposeful connections and get involved with those who are doing what you want to do, who have excelled beyond where you are at, who look at things differently than you do. Because whether you call it a mastermind, an accountability group, or a social gathering, it facilitates the ability for you to not only connect but to serve.
When you are intentional about establishing purposeful connections, you will stretch yourself and grow in your capabilities. Others will see your potential and you will learn along the way. When you hear “No”, DO NOT let go of your dream. Surround yourself with people who recognize your abilities and who will tell you when your idea is too risky, spot on, or just plain dumb!
Critique – trust enough that you can allow them access to your business, challenges, opportunities, and personal life and mature enough to receive from them
Get connected – you won’t regret it; there is power in purposeful connection.
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