The author of Rich Dad Poor Dad Robert Kiyosaki has said “The wealthy and the affluent spend their time networking and everyone else spends their time looking for work. That is a powerful statement from one of the most preeminent business minds on the planet. Do you know what a paradox is, or should I say the definition of the word? I’m sure you do, but let me clarify.
A paradox is a seemingly true statement or group of statements that lead to a contradiction or a situation which seems to defy logic or intuition. Within the realms of great business books there are many paradoxes. Let me explain, in his book he talks about the four quadrants. Now for the most part everyone who falls into the employee quadrant is sort of screwed. Well not literally, of course there is always an exception to the rule. But with that being said, the vast majority of employees are not going to get wealthy, I mean let’s face the facts, these are the statistics.
So what are the forces we are up against? You really need to understand this point. Just today I visited my recent hot spot for a martini at this upscale locale. So here is the first paradox.
It is something I realized sitting at the bar. So you are suppose to be networking right.
Just about everyone you probably know right now unfortunately is an employee. Sure your uncle Ben might be a multi- millionaire from his 35 year stint in the construction business, but does he actually listen to your ideas, probably not right. So the problem is that you are not able to network with the right people. The ones that can actually make things happen for you.
This is part of what I mean when I say to not make the same mistake I have made trying to network in social media. Here is a couple good points. Look at the tweets of some of the most followed people on Twitter. The tone is always seemingly conversational. Sometimes funny, clever, etc, but never network. People generally associate networking with selling.
You have to change your methods, provide more value and friendship in your social media endeavors.
The solution is also quite simple actually in networking. Do not allow yourself to get rejected by an employee, ever. If they were so smart and had such brains and great ideas they would actually be in a different quadrant. They really are not in a position either mentally or financially to help you right now. That is not to say that things might not change however, so always be polite and nice, just set your sight’s a little higher up the food chain.
So here is what you need to do. No matter what type of industry or vertical you are in, make a list of ten people, the top 10 influential people in your field and start to follow their tweets, facebook page updates, articles, just please do not (stalk them) and get into their head as much as you possibly can. Learn from the masters. In social media share their expertise and be friendly and social, after all it is called social media.
Next start to have opportunities to network both online and in the real world, just don’t combine the two, keep them separate and when you are networking in person remember, often times someone is just sizing you up to see who you are, so don’t be so fast to show your cards and remember to shoot for the stars.
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