What is any one person worth?
An infinite amount. And yet paradoxically, the smallest almost insignificant amount. We are all so unique, and yet so replaceable.
I spent many years trying to be bigger. Better. I figured the way to increase my value would be to increase what I was worth professionally. And so, I launched into more study, more work experience, more courses, more training until I could charge any hourly rate I wanted in the market place. I reached an hourly rate of 4 digits and thought, "What's missing?" I had spend so much time improving and achieving I had forgotten one very sobering fact. The authentic contribution of any individual can only ever be to start something that will outgrow them, that will outlive them. Otherwise, it does not serve others, only ourselves.
Ironically, we become enough when we realise that we are not enough.
And so, I began the search for my tribe. My community. I joined a few that seemed to be travelling in the same direction. Nothing seemed to fit. Then I finally got it. I had to grow my own community. It was in that moment that I understood the importance of networking. At this point, because that word "networking" has been misappropriated by so many groups, I feel the need to define it as I see it.
To network is to attract and nourish a community into which you add so much value that they feel compelled to pay it forward (not back) to others. As Zig Ziglar once said, If we help enough people get what they want, then we will get what we want.
This changed how I did business from that point.
My dream is to build a foundation. It will help children grow into adults who are authentic and free, not stuck in a rut created by consequential errors and attendant fears.
I cannot do this alone. Thankfully, my community is building. There are many ways to be a part of it, and whatever your contribution, you will get it back and more.
If anything in this message (or website) resonates with you, please send me a message. Let's meet. Get to know each other. Find out how we can authentically add value to each other.