There Is Power in Your Network
I believe that most people underestimate the power of their personal network. In many cases I also feel that part of their reason for underestimating the power of their network is their lack of comfort with the networking process.
People that understand the concept of networking and the power of their network have no problem growing their network and bringing increasingly influential people into that network. If you look closely you will see that the majority of the time; the greater the success someone has achieved the larger the network or rolodex they possess.
Success is not an individual effort. If you have a desire to be successful, you must have a network and have a supportive network.
How Networks Help You Achieve Success
There are many different roles that members of your network will play as you reach for and achieve your goals. Here are some of the roles your network members may fill for you:
- Reality checks
- Accountability coach
- Sales force
For some of these roles you may have a single person that fits the category and for others you could have many. Regardless, these roles are critical to your success and you must have members of your network supporting you.
Roles and People within Those Roles Will Change Over Time
There are two important things to remember with this exercise. First you need to have members of your network that fill each one of these roles. Second you must realize that over time the people filling some of these roles will change and, in fact, they need to change.
As you progress the person in any given role may not grow or grow as fast as you and therefore will be unable to continue to be effective in the role. Do not be afraid to make changes and continue moving forward. It’s not that you cut them off, it’s just that sometimes you need to make changes for you and your network to keep growing.
Tom Staskiewicz coaches individuals on networking and Social Networking helping them create an Internet presence and their brand. The tools today are readily available to do things that were here-to-fore unheard of for an individual. Contact Tom for help in establishing and building your networks.