A great networker is always a passionate person. You can teach a person to do anything they are willing to work at learning. You can teach people how to type, learn a new software code, even fly an airplane. Passion can not be taught. Passion is what the politicians call the “fire in the belly”. When you find your passion in life, you will become successful. That success will not be determined by how often you see your name in the newspaper or by the size of your savings account. That success will be determined by the joy you have each and every day you live on planet Earth. Find your passion and true happiness will follow.
Networking is not about selling anything to anybody. Networking is about creating relationships. If you create great relationships, you will more often than not, either make sales or have a relationship with someone who refers business to you on a regular basis. Networking is about giving more than receiving. I promise you that if you give, you will also receive. It may not be from the person you gave the gift to but you will be repaid by someone. This is a Biblical principle that I believe works even if you do not believe in the Bible.
I am fortunate to be a pretty good networker. Some folks say that I am one of the best in the Atlanta area. I don’t know about that but I do know that anyone can become a good networker if they are willing to work at it. The root word of networking is WORK and you will not succeed at becoming a good networker if you don’t work. I am amazed when I meet someone who says, “I am not afraid of hard work”. I figure that I am talking to someone who has never really done any. Hard work is just that but it is the foundation of successful networking.
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I have written blogs in the past for TechLINKS and for Hunter Technical Resources. This is my first blog for www.rickysteele.net. Over the next year, I will be sharing my thoughts on networking which has been a passion of mine since learning the skill from my dad 40 years ago. Dad was the best networker I have ever known and he did it before the word Networking was created. I watched my Dad do some amazing things through his personal network. He started his career in 1952 after receiving a medical discharge from the Army while in Officer Training School at Fort Benning, Ga. for an old knee injury he received from his playing football at the University of Georgia. Dad liked the community of Columbus and stayed there for the rest of his life. He started with nothing and made almost nothing in commissions selling insurance his first few years. His friends used to tease him about being able to read the Columbus Ledger Enquirer newspaper whenever Dad propped up his feet. According to his friends, my dad used the local newspaper to fill the large holes in the bottom of his shoes. Dad used the power of networking to become a Million Dollar Round Club member in the life insurance industry. In the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, he used his network to buy hotels, build office buildings, buy a Double A baseball team, build subdivisions, and do land speculation. He used his hotel to make changes in the Columbus landscape by integrating the hotel in the early 60’s. Our family received more than a few threatening late night calls at home. I am very proud to be Richard Everett Steele, Jr. Most of what I know I learned watching my dad. I hope you will join me for the trip.