HOW I MET TWO MULTI-MILLIONAIRES BY UTILIZING ONE SIMPLE SKILL

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When I was growing up, I was always told; it’s what you know, not who you know. More recently, it has become increasingly apparent that you must know the right people in order to be successful. That is why it is incredibly important to network with people, as often as possible!

Whether or not that person is successful in what you intend to do is beside the point. Get out there, meet people, and you will soon discover that you have a vast network of people that you can tap into whenever you would like.

Just recently, I attended a seminar and networking event in Bloomington, Indiana in the United States. I went to the event due to an e-mail that I received from my entrepreneurship club at Indiana University. The seminar featured a key speaker who has influenced and continues to influence the tech industry, Tony Conrad.

Tony Conrad is the CEO & Founder of about.me, a platform to express who you are. It is comparable to LinkedIn or Facebook; in so far as that your page describes you. What makes about.me different is that unlike LinkedIn and Facebook, the network allows you to create a page about who you are, what your accomplishments are, and what you aim to achieve.

I feel as though LinkedIn focuses more on professionalism. Professionalism is good, but LinkedIn doesn’t really represent who we are, but rather, an image of who we want people to think we are.

The reason that I was fortunate enough to meet the Founder of the multi-million dollar company was due to my networking ability. If I hadn’t made the decision to join the entrepreneurship club at my university, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet Tony Conrad. Furthermore, if I hadn’t made the decision to actually attend the seminar, I wouldn’t have gained valuable knowledge from a multi-millionaire.

Tony is an incredible guy, and just by talking with him for a few minutes, I was able to create a networking contact that I can reach out to for advice whenever I need to.

In joining my entrepreneurship club, I have also had the opportunity to meet Scott Dorsey, the founder and ex-CEO of Exact Target, now owned by Salesforce.com. Exact Target started out as a small business in Indianapolis, grew into a billion dollar company that was traded on the stock market, and was then sold at a valuation of $2.7 billion to Salesforce.com.

Scott gave a talk at the Kelly School of Business, which was advertised through my entrepreneurship club. Again, if I had not reached out to the club, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet a man who raised his little baby, into a billion dollar baby!

Meeting Tony Conrad and Scott Dorsey was an exhilarating experience that gave me both the confidence and know-how in order to continue down my path to success. I’m not going to stop there though. I plan to continue to attend events where I have the opportunity to meet people who have “been there, and done that.”

I want to pick as many successful brains that I can, so that I may understand what obstacles I may face further down my path.

I challenge you to get out there and network on a daily basis. Network with successful people, network with less successful people. Either way, you’re creating a list of contacts that you can reach out to and leverage, when need be.

How do you plan to network today? Let me know in the comments down below.

To Your Success,

Euan

5 THINGS THAT SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE DO DIFFERENTLY

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In my studies of successful people, I have found 5 things that these individuals do differently from ordinary people. These 5 things have allowed them to pick themselves up from where they were, and start on the path to where they are now. Successful people:

  1. Challenge the Status-Quo

In order to be successful, I believe that you have to challenge the status quo. If you take a different path than everyone else, then you will achieve different results. Whether or not those results will help you achieve success is a different matter entirely; but you have taken a path that no one else chose to take. You may have failed, but you learned what doesn’t work. Now you know not to make that mistake again, hence you have gained a bit of knowledge. In one of my previous posts, I talked briefly about failure and its importance. Fail, but fail quickly, and see yourself on your way to making your dreams a reality.

  1. Are consistent

Another interesting concept that I’ve picked up in my studies of successful individuals is their consistency. In order to be successful, you must be consistent. Look at Olympic athletes. These athletes train hours on end every single day. That is why they are able to perform at such a high level. If you could apply the same consistency to whatever it is you think might make you wealthy (in whatever terms you might describe), then chances are that you will be one step closer to achieving that success.

  1. Leverage their network

Successful people constantly leverage their network. That is why it is so important to build a strong network of individuals from different fields. These individuals will have knowledge that you might not be aware of, but since they are in your network, you may have the opportunity to learn from them. Do not try and learn everything by yourself. Network with other people, and you will find shortcuts on your journey to success.

  1. Are both learners AND educators

One thing that I have found that is incredibly fascinating about successful people is that they are both learners AND educators. They are learners due to the fact that they are constantly digesting new information and turning it into knowledge. If you ask any successful individual if they read, chances are that they read, and they read A LOT! Due to their high frequency of learning, successful people usually end up educating their newfound knowledge to students who choose to follow them. In turn, the students end up reciprocating the knowledge until it is passed around a community and becomes general knowledge. If you want to become successful, start reading more books about what you’re interested in, and start following leaders in whatever industry it is that you’re interested in.

  1. Are committed and fully believe in what they are doing

Above all else, successful people are committed to their success. As one of my favorite mentors, Darren Hardy, always says, “success can only be rented, and the rent is due every day.” He couldn’t be more right! In order to become successful, you have to work your butt off! In order to stay successful, you have to continue to do so. Successful people believe that what they are doing will continue to make them successful. They don’t care what other people have to say about what they are doing. Another one of my favorite mentors, Gary Vaynerchuk, is so focused on his mission that whenever someone throws some hate at him, he says it usually just flies right over his head.

So what can we learn from these 5 things that successful people do differently?

  1. Challenge the status quo and fail quickly!
  2. Be committed in whatever it is that you do.
  3. Have absolute belief that you will be successful, or you may as well give up already. Without belief, I promise you that you will fail.
  4. Be consistent in whatever it is that you do, or else you are guaranteed to fail in the long run.
  5. Leverage your network and you may see surprising results. Always be learning, but in turn, always be educating your peers

I hope that you took something away from today’s post, even if it’s just one short snippet of knowledge. Stay on the rise, and I promise that one day you WILL find the path that you were born to take. To Your Success, Euan Swan