I don’t know any rich hermits. Do you?

August 9, 2011

I spent several hours this morning catching my breath after returning from our nine days in beautiful Minnesota lake country. I caught up on the emails, blog posts, and voicemails that I wasn’t able to quickly filter via my phone while I was away from home. In doing so, I ended up making a massive list for this afternoon. I gave it a header of Connect With: and went to town. I wrote down name after name after name.

Some of them were folks on Twitter that I hadn’t said hello to in a few weeks. Others were Vemma team members that I should have called before I left, but didn’t, and now the amount of time that had passed since I last communicated with them was setting off my Uncomfortable Alarm. A few were local friends, a few were out of town friends. Several were business contacts it was just about darn time I reminded I was thinking about them. Many were online friends that had replied to or mentioned me and I hadn’t said, Hey! Thanks!, yet.

I spent the afternoon connecting, and within a matter of a couple hours I touched several dozen people via phone, email, text, Twitter, and Facebook.

And you know what? I made more progress and sparked more awesome things in all aspects of my businesses and networking efforts in those couple hours this afternoon than I felt like I had in ages. AGES.

Logically, I know that is not the case, as I connect with people all the time. But there’s something to be said for bunching a boatload of it together in a short period of time. It creates a buzz, an energy. It builds momentum.

That momentum? It’s powerful stuff, man.

Connecting isn’t complicated. It doesn’t take a lot of work. You just have to do it.

You don’t need a business reason to call someone. You don’t need a personal reason to call someone. You just have to do it.

Do it to say hello. Or thank you.
Do it to remind them that you’re thinking about them.
Do it to let them know that you haven’t forgotten.

That’s it. Connecting. Or even better, unnecessarily connecting. As it’s never required, right? But those that do it will be so much further ahead than those that don’t.

I recorded a video over a year ago related to this topic. It’s posted below if you’d like to take a look at it.

“You cannot succeed by yourself. It’s hard to find a rich hermit.” – Jim Rohn

And on that note, if you’re reading this right now, high-five to you! Sending you much love and appreciation.

Couldn’t be here withoutcha,


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