As I sat to write my post for the blog, huge surges of thoughts are running through my mind. It is like a slide show going through my head, images after images and memories that have been created and cherished over period of time. Each moment, image, time spent is like a drawing carved on a stone which is here to stay, and the best part is each one is created with so much heart, love and heart. It is amazing how our life shapes up over a period of time. Never thought like a child that one day I will be able to create so many memories over so many places around the world. As I run my slide show in my head, I have the only word – which is gratitude. Every incident in life happens for a reason, there are no accidents. Each one is there for a purpose, either to make us stronger, to appreciate what we have, to learn from it or just simply cherish every bit of it. We always hear the hind side is 20/20 – indeed it is. If you ever take the time to look back at your life and the things that happened and if you were to connect the dots you will realize that each one of them had to happen for you to move to the next one. It is amazing how it all takes shape. To summarize one thing that is a common thread is creating lasting relationships.
I come from a very humble background where my father did his best to provide the best, and my mother stayed at home. Money ran out before the month and every day my parents worried how they will provide the best and fulfill their duties as good parents. They had to sacrifice a lot to provide us the best education, and I made sure that I never let them down. I was constantly resourceful, consistently figured out a way to get what I wanted. I guess I understood the power of networking at a very early stage of my life. I am a people person so creating lasting relationship with people was never a challenge. I believe that you got to be genuine, and that’s the only way to create lasting relationships. More than ever, now is the time to network and collaborate. Gone are the days where you need to know everything to be successful. Today’s mantra is collaboration and networking. Collaborate and work together and march forward.
We often consider “networking” as a taboo. What we fail to recognize is all great organizations are constantly collaborating. Even within the same industry, companies are networking and collaborating with each other because that’s the only way you can offer better product to the consumer. That’s just the reality, whether we like or not. If you are a new entrant to the business ownership world, you need to learn this art quickly if you already do not possess. This is one art that will take you a long way. Not only will your learning curve will be short, but you will meet some amazing people who will be there with open arms to help you and give you that initial break that every fresh entrepreneur is looking for. Above all, in order to grow your business, you will need to reach out to people and make meaningful connections. Hence, it is in your best interest that you learn this skill quickly. Soon there will come a time, when people seek you out to network and that will be your way to give back to the community.
A great book that can help you is called “Never eat alone” by Keith Ferrazzi. This book will help you understand that your network is your net worth. Imagine if you had a network like Facebook, would your business be successful? Shun the prejudices you have grown up with – adapt to the new business techniques and soar to success. As I said in my previous post, the only thing that is the truth is “change.” We all can make a change for a better future, so do not limit yourself. Open your mind for new ideas and thoughts and keep digging deep!