How to Give More than You Take from Your Network
Have you ever heard the saying that your network is equal to your net worth?
Helping others always pays off — sometimes in ways you can’t even imagine.
Take “Book Bound” alumni, for example. Since the first year I began “Book Bound Workshop,” we’ve built a community of authors, entrepreneurs and business owners who have all attended my workshop.
Many of those same individuals comes back year after year, to reconnect with other members and meet a whole new crop of “Book Bounders.”
I can’t tell you how many people came into “Book Bound” knowing no one, and left with a new business partner, co-author, mentor or friend.
Your network is what you make of it. Whatever you put in, you will eventually get back.
After nearly eight years, I couldn’t have imagined before now how my “Book Bound” network would change my career and life.
I’ve helped hundreds of authors share their story, which is rewarding both professionally and personally.
I’ve had the opportunity to speak at locations across the country and world, thanks to my network and trusted connections.
My network led me to be a part of the Zig Ziglar documentary, You Were Born to Win.
The list goes on and on, but the point is, we are stronger together and nurturing your network will always be worth it.
How can you tell if you’re contributing as much to your network and connections as they’re giving to you?
Simple actions can make a big difference:
Even if it’s a simple “thank you” note or phone call. People always appreciate the gesture.
When you see an opportunity for a beneficial relationship between people you know, introduce them to eachother. You could potentially give the gift of a life long friendship by starting one.
Don’t just “appear” whenever you need something. Be present and available.
These are real people, not just “connections” — how would you want to be treated?
Do this more often than you ask for help, yourself. You could change someone else’s life for the better by helping.
More than just sympathizing, offer your support or a solution to someone’s problem.
Because your story matters. Your story may be just what someone needs to get through a difficult time or overcome a challenge.
These are the actions you do without any expectation of reciprocation. Free generosity is not just donating used items; get creative by sharing an article that can help solve a friend’s problem, proof-read a friend’s manuscript or offer to be a speaker at an event.
Why wait to give back? There’s no better time than the present.
Before you close out of this post or leave your computer, do something RIGHT NOW that can help your network. Here are a few ideas:
How has your network changed your life? Let us know in the comments below!
Or how have you helped others in your circle? By sharing ideas, you are already continuing the giving back process! We love hearing your comments.