"There are 1645 billionaires world-wide, and contrary to popular belief we don't all wear hoodies, jeans and tennis shoes."
A few months ago I was networking at a business roundtable where the keynote speaker happened to be one of these 1645 billionaires. He is a distinguished member of our community, and an incredible philanthropist. When a billionaire (not a millionaire) offers advice, you pay very close attention.
That first statement was his opening statement, and not what any of us expected. His message centered on the very art of networking, and how crucial it is to any individuals success in life. He offered brilliant and real usable information. Here are just a few of the highlights and his "billionaire" reasoning:
We knew the billionaire. No one remembers the guest. Hmmm, lesson learned from breakfast with a billionaire.
Fear, the very word itself causes people to become uncomfortable. Fear can be crippling. Fear can overwhelm you and it can ruin your success...
...or, fear can be an asset and help drive your success.
Most people succumb to fear, not because they're weak or for lack of will, but rather from lack of preparation, skills and focus. When fear rears its ugly head, your response had better be calculated, practiced and receive all of your energy.
Do you fear making cold calls? Do you fear a difficult conversation? Do you fear asking out the partner of your dreams? Any of these, all of these and anything else fearful in your life is the result of a skill deficiency that hasn't been practiced and conditioned.
So how do you make fear your friend? Follow these 5 steps:
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