Look For People Not Opportunities

Look for people not opportunities. Why? Because every opportunity is attached to a person. When you think about opportunities where do they come from? People.

Opportunities start with people. They don’t just come floating out of the sky and slap you in the face – you have to go searching for them.

The next time you start searching for an opportunity – one that gives you a nice return, start by searching for a person.

How do I approach opportunities? I look for talented people. For the last 5-6 years, I’ve made it my personal goal to connect and meet with at least 3-5 new people per month. I’m intentional about this and build it into my calendar. I also set aside the time, energy, and money to pre-commit myself to actually making this happen.

Yes, it does require a bunch of my resources,  but the return has always been greater than the actual investment – not short-term, but long.

For me, my long-term strategy and goal is to invest, partner, and build incredible startups. What do I need to do this? People and relationships. I need a network of very talented folks that I can bring in to help me do these things.

Again, if you want to build anything great and of scale, you need people.

And, when push comes to shove, don’t give up on connecting with new people – take the long view and do it right. Relationships — whether it be romantic, friendship, or professional – take a lot of time time to develop. And if you rush them, you end up hurting something that could have had great potential.

Don’t take it from me, go ask around. Anyone successful will tell you that they took time to connect with new people and without them, they would not be where they are today.

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How about you? 

Are you making time to connect with new people?

 

BUILDING GENUINE CHAIN LIKE RELATIONSHIPS

Over the years I was one of those people who tried to have a Relationship with everyone. You know what I talking about? I wanted to spend time with them, be there for them, help them out when they needed help, and lift them up when they were down. This didn’t last long.

When you try to have a Relationship with everyone, you end up not having a Relationship with anyone. Does this make sense?

Just like me, people tend to think that they can have thousands of Relationships in their lives. They really can’t, I promise. I capitalized Relationships, because I am talking about the ones that are real, genuine, and like a chain. Not the ones where you see the person every once in awhile – these are not Relationships, they are either friends or acquaintances.

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Leaders are naturally impatient

I think one of the biggest lessons to be learned as a leader is patience. Do you struggle with patience? I think all leaders are naturally impatient. When you think of a leader you think of someone who is a catalyst for change, someone who gets things done, and someone who can make things happen. Are you this person?

However, I think as leaders we also need to remember what James 5:7-8 says “Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.”

If the farmer can wait for his crops to yield, I think as leaders we must also sometimes wait for our crops to yield. The farmer cannot make his crops grow any faster, he must wait and be patient. If we as leaders can learn this valuable lesson, and apply it in our daily lives, we may save allot of time, energy, and relationships.