Why do so many people who start off enthusiastic about their business ventures find themselves failing within a couple of years? Some people start feeling like they are on their own, like they need to do everything themselves. They start pushing away people who are willing to support and help them and instead isolate themselves, feeling like they are alone in their journey.
ISOLATION CAN KILL YOUR DREAMS. Don’t let these doubts and negative thoughts stop you from achieving your dreams – START NETWORKING. Networking has plenty of benefits to help you with your goals, here are just a few when you are fighting isolation:
- Meeting new people
This one may seem a bit obvious, but it is so important! You never know who you are going to meet, but you do know, if you don’t even try, you’ll never meet anyone. So, sign up for those networking events, join the different business or social organisations, and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. You’ll be surprised how people love to support each other and want to be a cheerleader for you!
- The shortest way to success is standing on someone’s shoulders.
Take advantage of other people’s experiences. Learn from their mistakes. Don’t feel like you are the only one in the world who is struggling and juggling all the obstacles being thrown your way. Chances are, most have experienced the same struggles and experiences that you have. Listen to how they overcame their obstacles and learn from them.
- Create a network to meet people that you can collaborate and learn from
We can’t do it all ourselves. You may be an expert in one field, but struggle in another. So why not reach out to those around you and COLLABORATE. Join forces to take on any of the challenges that come your way, it will help you feel less isolated and supported in your ventures. It’s a two-way street, return the favour when others need help from you. This will help you build those connections that you might continue to need in the future.
- Create your own network through social media platforms
BE the network and run your own group! People think networking is harder for shy people, so take advantage of the wonderful technology offered and take those steps to put yourself out there. Technology is connecting us to the world around us, it allows people who feel isolated to take that small step in introducing themselves to the world and asking those questions they may be too afraid to ask in person.
TAKE HOME TIPS
Don’t feel like you have to talk. Silence can be golden. People who are always talking aren’t listening. And if you don’t listen, you’re not learning. You can hear a lot more if you are silent.
Remember the phrase “tell me more”. Give that person a little encouragement to keep going, let them know that you are interested and want to learn more from them. You’ll be surprised how much people like to talk and how much you can learn if you truly listen!
Prepare! Always have a business card and take it with you. Have something tangible to give to someone so that they will remember who you are. Take their business card so you remember to add them to your social media networks and send them a quick message to connect.
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This blog is based predominantly on information within The Stronger Than My Excuses Show: Isolation Will Kill Your Dreams – Get Out There and Network.