Hey, everybody, I hope this video finds you well and that you’re enjoying the summer time.

I want to talk today about the benefits of networking, because over this past weekend I was talking to my 16 year old son, who struggles just a little bit socially with meeting new people. And so I told him the benefits of that can be great. And I shared with him just a few of the benefits of a large network that happened to me personally.

And first I started with just increased visibility and more opportunities. The more people you know and the more people that know how hard you work and your work ethic, the more opportunities will come your way.

And he’s experienced that firsthand, because we have moved three separate times for three separate opportunities. And all three of those opportunities have come to me through the network of people that I know; not only just my friends,
but many acquaintances as well.

It also has afforded me the ability to know my competitors and learn something from my competitors because many of my competitors I consider my friends. And so when I’m sitting in an advisory board meeting and we’re talking about what we’re doing and how we’re doing it, I have often picked up very good information, either information that I’ve used and even if I haven’t, great information to know. And that’s simply because of an expanded network.

Increased visibility and increased networking also leads to just more friendships. A larger support network for times when times are tough. Listen, the last 15 months has been trying for everyone. But I have picked up the phone over the last 15 months and spoken to a broad number of people, a very wide range of people. And I understood that it wasn’t only affecting me, that it was across many industries. And I often got really good tips from people outside of my normal close network that would help me either run the business differently or help morale with my team, or even help me personally.

So I challenged him, meet one person new a month or one every two, or one every three, and attempt to expand that network. So I’ll give that challenge to you; expand your network, maybe just one or two people a month. And hopefully you’ll reap those benefits as well.

Good luck and take care.

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