Do not be scared to do this

by Tech19
19 replies
I posted a few days back about the #1 thing that helped my business really explode in 2011. Helping people has become a big part of what I do. Before, however, I was just getting started and was completely overwhelmed with the whole thing. I liked to idea of internet marketing, because I liked the idea of being anonymous. I realized after about a year that not only was it not as effective, it was actually pretty miserable.

I like socializing, meeting new people, discussing business ideas. I felt like I was at it all alone. It wasn't that I didn't really want to talk to anyone, I was scared more than anything. Scared that someone might think I was an idiot, or that all my ideas sucked. What happened was anything but that. I made it a point to make connections and network a lot. This forum is great, but it must go beyond that, have 1 on 1 conversations with people.

So my advice is, do not be scared to network and put yourself out there. That doesn't mean you message someone just to say "tell me how to make money." Instead just get in touch with someone simply because you want to surround yourself with like minded entrepreneurs. You will be amazed at the people you will meet, and the people that are willing to help you. In fact, the first time I did this, I met someone who I ended up paying $500 to for coaching/mentoring. I turned that into $6600 with only 1 method we talked about. If I would have been reluctant to approach that person, because I thought they wouldn't be interested in helping me, I would have missed a huge opportunity.

Get out there and start creating a mastermind group. I put my skype details on my profile because I want to talk to and help people, not because I want to hide! I suggest you start to do the same and see what happens!
  • Profile picture of the author richrowley
    Really good post and I think you're right about networking.

    t's super important to network with people that are on the same tracks as you too. This helps to keep you focused and moving in the right direction and not distracted, or seeking the next shiny thing.

    In the same sense that you should keep your daily tasks targeted towards your money making goals, you should keep your networking targeted to people that you can help and who you can actually work together with on similar goals.

    Thanks for the post.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eduard Stinga
    Once you start talking with new IM'ers on Skype on a regular basis, that's when you know you've reached the next level!
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  • Profile picture of the author Holmstrom
    Yes, a really good post. I was a "lonely wolf", but any more. Thanks to guys like you!
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    • Profile picture of the author colinaudie
      Yes to network is great ,its just sometimes you get negativity but dont allow that to stop you from networking.
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      • Profile picture of the author Tech19
        Originally Posted by colinaudie View Post

        Yes to network is great ,its just sometimes you get negativity but dont allow that to stop you from networking.
        Yes it happens. Not everyone you come across is going to be a beneficial relationship. Just have to move on from those people. You'll get an idea right away whether its someone you should build a relationship with or not.
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        • Profile picture of the author mjsca07
          Great info for a newbie like me, thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author freddyjrtips
    Great tip!! Awesome! I gotta say I was in the same page, and I'm still working on it - I started internet marketing about a year and half ago - never took forums or networking too serious, I thought IM was about making money on your own if you wanted to. Of course you would but you also have a greater chance to fail when you work alone.

    I've realized that opening your mind to other people actually helps you realize what you are doing wrong and why you haven't reach success yet. Talking to others, interacting and exchanging ideas is actually a good brain exercise that helps us maintain a positive mindset, leaving us with a positive attitude, leading us to SUCCESS!

    Many people quit IM before they even give meeting new people a chance.

    Great advice! I'm following it 100%
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Don't be fooled into thinking that everyone here just sits on their computer - I've met literally hundreds of WF members in person.

    nothing to see here.

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  • Originally Posted by Tech19 View Post

    Instead just get in touch with someone simply because you want to surround yourself with like minded entrepreneurs.
    This is so true. You will be amazed what happens when you start hanging out with successful people. When you hang out with negative people who complain all day and who are lazy, you will start to pick up their traits as well.

    Always surround yourself with successful people.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fixers
    ^^^second (or third) this!!

    To more like minded entrepreneurs you can surround yourself with the more ideas and doors will be open. Talking to seo one can spark an idea or give you a resource to help complete a project your working on.

    Networking, a definite must!
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  • Profile picture of the author sriram rajan
    sure friends ... skype is a saviour ....helpd turned a distraut Imer in to a focused one ... amen to your thoughts
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  • Profile picture of the author SamuelUherek
    The whole life is about relationships. If you want to get somewhere, you need to begin networking.

    I see why some people don't like it (I was the same), but once you break the point everything changes.
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    • Profile picture of the author ShaneGorry
      This is exactly why I have recently become far more active on warrior forum. And it is paying off in big ways already.
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      • Profile picture of the author MarkSalmon
        I left my JOB 10 years ago to become self-employed. Looking back the greatest asset I took with me was the relationships that I had formed. Those relationships literally financed my first 5 years in business.

        You can measure wealth in many ways - if you go to a funeral and see how many people turn up, you will see who the really wealthy people are. Usually those that have helped many people along the way.

        If you help other people without the expectation of return, then the law of reciprocity will work in your favour. I truly believe this.

        You can follow what I am doing to grow my business at I've been self-employed for 13 years as a business consultant and internet marketer.

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  • Profile picture of the author GeraldNitram
    The chances of success will definitely be higher when you're networking with a lot of people who are experts in your field. Since you mentioned something about being scared, I'd like to share something as well. I look at fear as chains that hold you back. If you talk to people, there will come a time that those chains will loosen. Well, that's how I visualize it.
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  • Profile picture of the author davejug1
    Oh man I hear ya big time. I've spent 17 years doing it alone (for the most part)
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  • Profile picture of the author savvybizbuilder
    Fear is a common factor to keep people from holding back.
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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    Business is all about relationships with other people: clients/customers, partners, suppliers, employees, the list goes on and on. As John Donne so eloquently put it:

    No man is an island entire of itself; every man
    is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
    if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
    is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
    well as a manor of thy friends or of thine
    own were; any man's death diminishes me,
    because I am involved in mankind.
    And therefore never send to know for whom
    the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

    John Donne
    Personally, I've always found local networking groups a great way to meet offline clients. Your local chamber of commerce should be able to pont you in the right direction.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Kast
    Thanks for this post. I completely agree. There are many business opportunities that I would have missed had I not asked questions and met the right people. Networking is necessary for any business venture so be polite to the people you meet and try not to burn bridges.
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