I came across this article that I had to post from a very successful entrepreneur, Chris Brady. As I pondered the premise of the content, I realized quickly that this article truly applies to everyone but hits home as a Realtor on a mission to build relationships that last. Enjoy the article!
Days pass into weeks, weeks into months, months to years, and, well, you know how it goes. In fact, the older you are the more you are familiar with the frenzied acceleration of age.
The thing to consider, though, as these moments race by in a blur, is the lives of others around you. Leaders understand their natural network of friends and acquaintances is one of their biggest treasures. Not only does this web of connectedness provide business contacts and leads, but more importantly, the very spice of life. After all, we are here to serve others!
There are three approaches people take toward their hubs-of-connectedness (or networks):
I believe each of these categories is obvious. We all know people who take little notice of others in their life, or on the contrary, who destroy relationships and contacts with habitually combative behavior. The most productive, fulfilled people, however, are those who actively pursue relationships and friendships.
There are many constructive steps toward becoming a cultivator. Caring and being interested in other people are prerequisites. Communicating regularly is a must. Listening to and knowing the other person is important. What is the other person’s dominant personality type? What is their Love Language? What motivates them? What scares them? Being dependable, reliable, and loyal builds trust over the long haul. Honesty and fairness generate a momentum of their own, over time. And don’t forget the power of providing encouragement and support.
If you tried you could, no doubt, create a list of your own. In fact, it seems the steps necessary to establishing friendships and relationships are known, in some degree, to us all. Building up a network of quality connections and relationships appears to be nothing more than a choice, for those who are willing to take the effort.
I encourage you to take some of those steps today. Call someone. Send a text. Write a note. Catch someone in the act of doing something right. Let someone know you care. Believe me, the world needs it! And once you see the boomerang-effect of cultivating relationships, you’ll realize you need it too.
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