We have all heard the phrase “you reap what you sow”. This philosophy proves to be quite true as we advance in our careers or build out our business ventures. Below are 4 ways to create greater influence as you climb the ladder of success.
*Build and cultivate networks. Joining business organizations such as the Chamber Of Commerce, Business Network International, Toastmasters or Rotary Club will provide you exposure to other like minded business people in your community. As you develop your Rolodex, look for opportunities to cross promote with other business owners while at the same time establishing professional relationships with influential leaders in your industry.
*Join mastermind groups. Mastermind groups are an effective way to stay on the cutting edge of information, technology and industry trends. Mastermind groups are strategic in nature and serve as another great way to expand our circle of influence.
*INVEST in yourself. Personal and professional development should be an ongoing process. Seminars, trainings and industry functions are designed to solidify our belief system and give us specific tools for achieving results. If you spend a considerable amount of time in your vehicle put this time to good use. Listen to motivational/educational CD’s and turn your vehicle into a “rolling university”. Hire a coach. A coach can help you set goals, design life and business strategies and provide you with valuable guidance and feedback as you move towards your objectives.
*Volunteer. Givers gain! When you volunteer, you give back to your community. All of us have time, treasure or talents that we can offer to those who are less fortunate. As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to meet and establish relationships with other successful people who also share in the spirit of giving.
If you desire to take your career or business to the next level, I would highly recommend that you start focusing on these 4 areas. Not only will it help you advance your business or career, you will also have the opportunity to meet some great people.
I look forward to your thoughts on creating higher levels of influence.