First of all, it’s so good to be back! I apologize for the sudden MIA. But I’ve been having an ‘everything block’. Like all of a sudden, I didn’t know what to do, what to read, what to write. It’s like I’ve lost all motivation. But anyway, here’s to hoping I can get back on track one post at a time. 😀
Okay! To be honest, I only stumbled upon this book on the IG Story of Martine, one of the influencers here. So I did a bit of research on what it was about. Anddddd, BAM!
The book intrigued me! Why? I need this is my life. It’s about Networking and Relationship Building that will help you succeed in life. (that’s the goal)
Personally, I hate small talks. I am awkward during first meetings and I’m usually aloof on gatherings. I’m quiet when speaking to a new acquaintance but extremely playful and talkative towards people I trust and are close with.
BUT, I am aware that I do need to change. Or, probably, not change but to compromise enough to build a trusted network that will benefit both parties. – this is the reason why I decided to read the book.
Lo and behold, I did pick up a few strategies here and there. I know how much I needed to be more outgoing and that is also the reason why I decided to finish the book. However, I find the other chapters not helpful and a bit dragging. There’s so much stories that in my opinion, serves no purpose while some are a given already. Again, Don’t get me wrong. I learned a handful of tricks and strategies which I would like to share with you guys here. ❤
- The individual who knows the right people for the right reasons and utilizes the power of these relationships can become a member of the club.
- When you help others, they often help you. Success is any field is about working with people, not against them.
- Connecting – sharing my knowledge and resources, time and energy, friends and associates, and empathy and compassion in a continual effort to provide value to others, while coincidentally increasing my own.
- Real networking was about finding ways to make other people more successful. It was about working hard to give more than you get.
- Don’t keep score: You’ve got to be more than willing to accept generosity. Until you become as willing to ask for help as you are to give it, you are only working half of the equation. The more people you help, the more help you’ll have. The currency of networking is not greed but generosity.
- Find your Passion: Think of what you want to do without the constraints, without the doubts, fears and expectation of what you ‘should’ be doing. You have to be able to set aside the obstacles of time money and obligation.
- Build it before you need it: You must reach out to others long before you need anything at all. The most important thing is to get to know people as friends, not as potential customers. Eventually, you’ll have a group of people who have seen your work and who believes in you. Friends and people around you are far more likely to help you if they already like you.
- Genius of Audacity: People with a low tolerance for risk, whose behavior is guided by fear have a low propensity for success. When trying to befriend anyone or in anything, the worse anyone can say is no. The choice isn’t between success and failure. It’s between choosing risk and striving for greatness or risking nothing and being certain of mediocrity. Once you realize there’s no benefit to holding back, every situation and person – no matter how seemingly beyond your reach – becomes an opportunity to succeed.
- Never eat alone: You should always be reaching out to others over breakfast, lunch, whatever. Never ever disappear. You must work hard to remain active and visible. Behind any successful person stands a long string of failure.
- Seek ideas from people you don’t ordinarily talk to.
There are a number of valuable lessons in the book but I feel like I could have read them from an article, not a book instead. Did you like this book?
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