The ABC show Shark Tank is life-changing. There have been reports that even those who did not receive a deal became successful entrepreneurs merely by their segment airing. Isn’t it inspiring to see ”regular people” take an idea to a multi-million dollar product, usually available in any given store you frequent? Seriously, very cool.
The down-to-earth shark Robert Herjavec, like some of the other sharks, uses social media to offer advice, Recently, he posted in regards to making the most of relationships. “Be genuine in your relationships, you never know how those connections can help you or those around you later in life.”
In a recent Forbes article written by Darrah Brustein, Robert was asked how he recommends building network and influence. He responded, “Be curious, ask questions and engage with those in your personal and professional lives. If you have an industry you’re interested in – ask those around you who they know who may be connected to it. Research online or on Linkedin. Use mentorship & networking tools like Ten Thousand Coffees to connect. Put yourself out there!” (www.forbes.com/sites/darrahbrustein/2018/09/09/robert- herjavec-on-how-to-grow-your-business-by-nurturing-your-network/amp/)
Has someone you know led to a business interaction or relationship? I have been blessed in this way more than once. A few years back, my neighbor’s friendship with a businesswoman led to my first book signing, and me writing my second book, The Carousel Capital of the World.
Because none of us can predict the future, we don’t know which relationships can turn into a business connection. Sometimes people know people who know people, as was the case with my second book. Other times, a chance encounter might become a new career.
What about casual relationships-those in which you’re not close friends, but you’re more than acquaintances. What are some easy ways to maintain those casual relationships?
1) Make genuine eye contact.
2) Listen intently: ask questions, acknowledge what they say.
3) Stay in touch via email or text, and be specific. For example, attach a link in regards to their interests. “I saw this gold-plated baseball pen and thought of your love for the Atlanta Braves.”
Keep doors open. You never know! The beauty of a friendship is, in itself, exquisite, so you have nothing to lose. When my neighbor connected me with her friend, I was not looking for work at the time, and God blessed me. #grateful When has something similar happened to you?
I want to wrap up with a wise statement my dad said recently. “No one is a stranger. We’re all friends here. Anyone else is just someone you haven’t met yet.” People are just waiting to be met, or helped, or to help you. What a comforting statement.
Maybe if we viewed others as instruments of God‘s perfect plan, we could see life as a beautiful thing! People and things are interconnected in profound ways, both on a personal level, and a professional level. It is a small world.