It was a painful afternoon. I had twisted my neck and had indeed pinched a nerve. My good friend is a chiropractor, and I gave him a call. When I told him my insurance did not cover chiropractic, I will never forget what he said to me, which defines who he is and how he develops relationships. He said, “Come on in and let’s get rid of that pain first, and then we can figure out the insurance and payment stuff later.” His concern with helping me was more important than how he was getting paid. He was building his professional relationship with me, building his business, his brand, and my trust in him.
Focusing on helping is the way everyone should approach every relationship opportunity. Regardless if it is a personal or business relationship, helping someone else achieve a goal is the first step to building your network. Suppose the goal is to help them alleviate pain, whether physical or business pain, the personal equity you will make with another person by assisting them in eliminating that pain will develop trust and reliability.
Today’s podcast guest, Dr. Dave Moore, is a perfect example of having the correct mindset. We talk about mentors, serving others, and continuous learning. You will find that he delivers a great deal of wisdom from his twenty-five years of helping others. I know his words and experience will inspire you.
This week I challenge all of you to be intentional and purposeful every day. To that end, our action item is for you to create a plan to complete three simple things:
Connect with a mentor: Find someone who is doing what you want to do and does it well. Connect with them on LinkedIn, through email, or social media. Ask them a question about what they do or how they got there. Then once you get a response, continue the conversation with them regularly. If they do not respond, be polite and persistent.
Honor a mentor: Think about a mentor or someone who has helped you in the past. Make sure to send them a note of gratitude and give them credit in correspondence when helping someone else. There is no better gratitude given than when someone mentions the person who supported and helped them.
Continuous learning: Today, you are going to start a process of continuous personal improvement. Select a subject or topic you have always wanted to learn or know more about. Get a book or enroll in an online class to help you with that topic. Then, dedicate 20 minutes a day to the course or reading of that book. When complete, start another one.
Dr. Dave talks about some of the things we have heard from other guests: Do not be afraid to ask, challenge yourself, and find a mentor. Dr. Dave takes it a little further by describing some of the experiences he has had and how doing these things have helped him and can help you get a good start.
I appreciate feedback of all kinds, so please email me any questions or feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great week, and remember, it doesn’t take a lot to get a good start; you just have to start. Thank you.
Remember that the best leaders do not care where the best ideas come from, so do not be shy away from discussing your thoughts with your mentors and leaders.