Cup of Joe: With a Little Help From My Friends

CommunityJust as a little bit of a warning: In this post I totally jump the shark and start singing kumbaya and giving everyone hugs like a dirty hippie. You have been warned.

Man, I am happy! Like really happy. Why’s that? I am happy because the business I started 4 years ago is doing pretty good. But, more importantly, so many of my friend’s businesses are doing really well too. As an entrepreneur it feels good to see success both in yourself and in those working along side of you. I was talking about how good this all feels yesterday with my buddy, Alan Bleiweiss. After talking for a bit, Alan and I both decided that a central part of our success is our inclusion in such an amazing community.

Both Alan and myself have prospered financially, socially, and yes even spiritually, through being part of such an amazing community. And the truly amazing part of all this, is that it really isn’t that hard. Now, don’t get me wrong, starting a business has been one of the most challenging things I have ever done. But, once I started being active in a community it got a lot easier.

How To Prosper From A Community

Cultivate Character – On the web we say “content is king”. In a community, character is king. This simply means that you need to be a nice gal or guy. You don’t need to be funny. You don’t need to be flashy or loud. You just need to be nice. Think about the successful people you know, are they nice? Its just common sense. People like doing business with nice people. People like listening to nice people. People like hanging out with nice people. Be nice in everything you do, and mountains of opportunities will come your way.

Be Open – Keep an open mind. Everyone in a community has different ideas. Embrace all of them for what they are, even the bad ones. Accept that you always should be learning. Ask questions and advice. People like helping, give them the chance. Understand and practice humility, because your ego can and will get in the way if you don’t.

Give Back – If all you do is take and never give, you are no longer part of the community, you are a leech on its back. Don’t be a leech, leeches are disgusting.

Be An Elevator – Demand high standards for yourself and those around you. When you speak to the community do it with purpose and a tone that doesn’t belittle those that are giving you their attention. You owe it to them to elevate the dialog.

As you can see its not that hard. In fact, once you join a community and start meeting amazing people, it gets easier. Because that’s what a community is all about, learning from each other and sharing our experiences. It’s through these shared experiences that amazing opportunities and ideas are presented. But before you can take full advantage of a community, you need to join one, so stop reading blogs already and get out there and meet some people!

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