I’m at the Launch Conference in Orlando as I write this, hearing great information and more reminders about the necessity of being connected to others.
With the growth of the entrepreneurial model I see lots of people who think they have to “make it on their own.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. As I think about my own little business I think about my daughter Ashley who coordinates all our communication and websites, runs our live events, oversees product fulfillment and customer service. We have people who handle the technical details of our business, Jen who handles all social media correspondence, the designers who create covers and book layouts, the virtual assistants who scan the internet for relevant content, the editors and PR people who help with book sales, and the list goes on and on.
Yes, I’m a business owner – but guess what – I have no employees, I’m a poor people manager and I love to work alone. But without the complimentary skills of all those other people I could accomplish very little.
Today I heard reference to this verse from Ecclesiastes. It’s often used as a reference to marriage, but it also speaks to the process of being successful in any area of your life.
9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up. Ecclesiastes 4:8-10 (NIV)
Do you have others around you who are ready to pick you up if you fall down? If you’re a writer, speaker, coach, employee, entrepreneur, free-lancer, independent contractor or college student – you need people to come alongside you to reach any extraordinary level of success.
I’m meeting people all around the country who follow @48DaysTeam on Twitter and Dan Miller on FB – just one of the ways we are connected with people we are helping and who are in turn helping us. Ashley and Jen tell me we’re going to do some exclusive Twitter and Facebook contests and bonuses for people that follow us during the week. They also said if you go to the podcast page you’ll find a quote and a “click to tweet” button for the podcast as well – like this:
“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” -Old Proverb Click to Tweet!
Who are the people who are “helping” you in your success?