Tuesday, May 19, 2009


The economic crisis has many complexities. Job security and career paths can be turned upside down, leaving many people feeling unsure about their future.

In times like this it is important that we get back to the basics. In good times and in bad, all opportunities come from people. Having a network and establishing a clear personal brand will make a difference.

People are NOT a commodity. You cannot just assume that if you go out and meet people that they are part of your network. Real relationships take time to cultivate and establish a mutually beneficial purpose. Social media tools like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter can help you, but they are not "instant friend machines". No matter how you establish connections, you must be dedicated to the relationship if you want it to produce results.

If your interest in others is purely self-serving, you will be discovered as a fraud. You must have a genuine interest in helping others succeed.

You never can know from where an opportunity will come, but to be exposed to opportunities you must take actions. Sitting at home hoping for something to happen will lead you nowhere. You must put yourself out into the world and intentionally create your reputation.

I once heard it said that you are the sum of the five people with whom you spend the most time. This means that it is important that you surround yourself with amazing people. To surround yourself with low achievers who are engulfed in self-pity will lead you to the same fate. Seek out people who are constantly looking for ways to improve and you will also excel.

If you are looking for a job or trying to advance in your current company, discover the answers to the following questions:

  • Who am I and what can I contribute to my industry?

  • How much am I willing to help other people succeed without a direct pay off for myself?

  • Why do I network?

  • What does my boss (or future boss) need to look good to his or her boss?

If you know the answers to the above questions you can start making choices that will lead you toward the success you seek. Keep it simple and treat all people as unique gifts to your world.

Have A Great Day.


1 comment:

Xmas said...

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