Valuable Connections

Make Time for Valuable ConnectionsI had a great connection yesterday, and I’m not talking about a WiFi or internet connection. While on a flight from Chicago to Philadelphia I was asked a question by the person next to me. Most of the time I don’t start conversations on flights, but I welcome them if it makes sense. The flight was nearly over and we were descending into Philly, when this lady asked how I liked the book I was reading. It was “The Four Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferris. This started a quick discussion about the book, what I did for a living, what she did for a living, etc.

It turns out that this lady’s husband has a blog. He has had one for a few years and is a full-time blogger, speaker and business owner. He has a site that provides information and support to School Principals and Educators.

When I learned that this gentleman had grown a successful business through blogging and providing resources to people online, I was inspired to continue my own efforts. I asked if he had considered being featured on the podcast Entrepreneur On Fire, since I was sure that he would be a good candidate. I wasn’t completely surprised to learn that he already HAD been on the show. It was episode 600 and you can listen to it yourself right here.

So why is this exciting to me? Here are a few thoughts.

Motivation – Finding someone that is successful in a similar line of work provides motivation. When you spend time around folks who are successful at what you want to become, it gives you energy to push ahead with your own goals.

Affirmation – When others have dreams to accomplish similar ventures you feel a sort of kinship with those people. It was clear that I have common values with these people, and that just feels good. Yes it’s possible to make a good living providing valuable resources to people through an online platform. I am reminded that what I am pursuing is worthwhile.

Dedication – Without dedication you will not be successful in the online world or any other business. It requires hard work when no one recognizes what you have to offer and certainly no one is buying. The first few years are spent creating content and slowly growing your business online until things start to happen that are income producing. I was able to hear first-hand how that process has gone for a real person.

Inspiration – Through our discussion, I learned some strategies that I could implement in my own business. Things like webinars, membership sites and digital products are all parts of my business that I will be implementing over time. I can’t tell you how inspired I was to meet someone in person who is making these things happen.

Do you actively seek valuable connections? I have to admit that I didn’t start this conversation, but I am glad that it happened. I am sure that I benefited the most from this discussion as well. Good connections have always been important, but they are more valuable than ever today. I encourage you to seek them out and to take advantage. No matter what business you are in, it is worth your time to connect with successful people in your industry. Make it happen today!

Leave a comment below and let’s connect right here! Thanks for reading!

About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!