This piece is one that will benefit anyone going into business, but most importantly it will benefit the young ones who plan to build businesses in the future. Life is all about building and sustaining relationships. Every young person will meet people in schools, social gatherings, churches and mosques, communal facilities, etc. For instance in school or all through education one can have an opportunity to meet over 1000 people minimum.
Depending on one’s exposure to meeting people, before you finish schooling or even start thinking of starting your own business, you would know the bridges you would have built. Bridges take you from one place to another which is normally not possible.
Among the people you meet, there is a need to try and earn their recognition and respect. Be known for something, leave a footprint and give them something to remember you for. If need be, come out for leadership positions, yes people might question it but you are creating a lasting impression. Maximize every opportunity to be participatory. Spectators don’t decide the trend of the game. Even though you meet many people and don’t leave an impression on them you will soon be forgotten. So by the time you go your separate ways and start up something i.e. business your impressions of many years that have gone by will speak for you.
After years of going apart there is a huge necessity to keep in touch. You must keep the fire burning as much as possible. Thank God for our age of technology, join social media, exchange contacts, join groups and forums. What you now do at this point is to keep up that relationship and make sure to show them how much you have grown and matured. Do well to spark up old memories, try doing this and you remind them of the “you” they use to know. This can be very hard but it will benefit you in the long run. Take extra steps to contact each one as much as you can. It gives them a feeling of importance and remembrance. Just a phone call or a text can make all the difference. One thing is sure is easier to build relationships but maintaining them is where the work is and it is in this stage you start seeing the gains of such relationships.
Also you can start now to rebuild bridges you peradventure have left to breakdown or done yourself. Spark up old memories and use it to your benefits. It really pays in the future.
Utilize your Influence
Now you are planning to start that business this is the time to leverage on what you have built for many years. Let them know you are starting a business, believe me majority of them will be happy to hear that. If you can give them rebate on a product, this way you would have many of them interested. They know they are gaining value for less the amount. This principle of building bridges will ensure you have a good start up in business while you still make new relationships and contacts. A relationship (bridge) consciously built can create opportunities for other bridges (relationships) to take root.
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