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It’s funny that of all the things I could write about on a
Sunday afternoon, the topic that seems to be bubbling to the surface is my
personal approach to professional networking.
Like most business, it’s tough…not always natural, and it
doesn’t always work.I know this because
it’s not the tactic I lead with every day.
In an environment where organic sales growth is tough, hard
fought and won…I have found that organic networking is completely natural, easy
to do, and doesn’t involve conquering or dominance.
There are a lot of business savvy people, who could teach
you way more than me.I wonder, though,
if you applied the principle of business growth in a personal way…if your
bottom line might net more than you could ever imagine.
Let’s consider basic business first…you start a business, it
takes off and you continue to look for new opportunities to grow that business
while still protecting and nurturing your base business.
If you were a business and you needed to report on your
“earnings”…how would that translate into the value of networking and people?
In simple accounting terms, organic growth is cultivated by
business expansion and not because of acquisition of another company.It’s about internal growth from existing
So what if inorganic growth in relationships was compared in
parallel to the business environment, where relationships were very deliberate
and intentional, strategically manipulating a company’s position for growth through
mergers or acquisitions?
What would that look like?Full transparency, it probably looks a lot like what we all do every day
when we go to work.Because in business,
we’re less “touchy/feely” and like to think succeeding in business has to be
strategic and navigated from the helm.I
agree in principle to the overall approach for running a business.But if I consider in comparison to
relationships, I would argue that organic is better and easier, and a more
practical approach to day to day living that improves the bottom line for
My current finances would likely not gain me “street creds”
to debate earnings or business growth. But
organic growth?I would argue that we
can all be masters at the fine art of being human and growing our networks the
old fashioned way, investing more time and less fertilizer J
Ever ask that question…or have someone ask you?Ever pick-up something and feel grateful you
found a hidden treasure within your reach?
I do that every day.I like decorating…and antiques have always held a special fascination
for me.Anything that survives for more
than a 100 years and lands in my home…well, it usually becomes a new family
heirloom for the future.
But how do you define value?How do you decide what something is worth?It’s kind of subjective, right?I mean some things are fairly straight
forward…a collectible piece of art will have an appraised value.Your car can be looked up on Kelly Blue Book.And your house, if you are fortunate enough
to own one, has a shared value between you and the mortgage company.
I have experienced envy for things I want but don’t need… can’t have or can’t afford.And I have
pulled myself back to the basics…realizing what’s important and what really matters.
Put stock in the value you see in life.Define what matters and who deserves to be cared
for and saved, starting with yourself.
We are all guilty of putting a price on what we value.But if we’re honest, objects and things hold
no true value.They may outlast the test
of time, remaining long after our lifetimes.But my real treasures in life are even more precious because they live
and breath…are vulnerable…and don’t sit on a shelf to be dusted regularly.
My treasures are my children.They are priceless, irreplaceable gems that
make my life sparkle brighter whenever they are around.
And unlike things that may fluctuate and go up or down in
value, I know the value of my children to me will only increase and become
greater year after year.I know that
having children is a gift that I was blessed with.An investment in the future and one that will
pay dividends for generations to come.
So when you stop to check a price tag or wonder what
something is worth, remember you already have everything you need at home.