Jeanne Porter, Founder, Women in Business Networking
As an entrepreneur there are many places we visit in our journey of entrepreneurship. How to build a business plan, strategic planning, setting up systems and processes and the list goes on and on.
There is another journey of entrepreneurship, we all want to reach it. That is SUCCESS! Who goes into business without hoping and planning for SUCCESS. Yes, all the pieces that were mentioned in the first paragraph of this article are necessary to build a successful business. However, there is a personal piece to success for your business and that is building relationships. Those relationships are not only with your employees, customers, or clients; it is relationships with colleagues, other business people and again the list goes on and on. Why is relationships key to success you may be asking? Let me explain.
Everything in life begins and concludes with relationships. Do you really believe that you can build an empire as a one-person show? Besides, even if we could, who would we have left to celebrate with? You may be in the early stages of your business and feel as though you – a powerhouse– have it all under control. If this is you, then I want to say, “Great! But, it won’t always be this way.” I want to encourage you to know and understand, the day is coming when you have more to be done than what your two hands and one head can handle. The time to start is now. Step out and build relationships, invest in others, and seize every opportunity that makes your heart sing.
Invest in others, how does that have anything to do entrepreneurship? I call it, do unto others as you would want to be treated. It feels good to be encouraged don’t you think? We all need it, especially going through the scary time of building a new business. Part of building relationships is reaching out to encourage others. We can all find success in encouraging and elevating others. For the person who is taking that leap of faith, to step out into their journey of fulfilling their dreams – bringing their passion to life – more times than not, all they need is just one person to believe in them. (sound like yourself?) Perhaps, you are that one person they are desperately seeking. Perhaps, you are the nudge they need, in order to take them to places they never thought they could go.
What is the result of this most giving effort? It will be returned to you tenfold.
Through the journey of entrepreneurship, I’ve learned:
• When you help others achieve what they desire, you will achieve your inner most desires.
• Those who often use the words “Me”, “My”, and “I” rarely reach their desired level of success.
• The key to building trust is being honest.
• When you’re willing to forego your own interests to help someone else, they know you are reliable.
• Relationships are your key to unlock the door to your success.
• The more allies you possess, the higher in success you will rise.
• Man, nor woman, was never meant to walk alone.
• Every person has an invisible sign around their neck that reads, “I want to feel important.”
• Everyone has something to offer this world, and it’s our responsibility to help them see it.
• Everyone is longing to hear the words, “I believe in you.”
As an entrepreneur there are many ways of building meaningful relationships which ultimately will lead to success. This is only one way, but it is a great place to begin. I challenge you if you have never thought about building relationships as part of success of building a business, that you add this to the list of things that make a business become successful and see where it may lead you.
Jeanne Porter is a proponent of Women helping Women! As the founder of Women in Business Networking, Jeanne has taken her experience in building a successful organization to become a mentor and lead generator within her community. You can contact her at Jeanne@JeannePorterz.com