|08-06-2009, 02:31 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2008
There's a few people I really admire.
I don't have much to offer specifically, nor want anything special from them, even though I think I'd gain a lot from meeting them.
I don't want to meet them because they are successful/busy/millionaires/whatever, but because they inspire me (which might be because they're successful in their domain).
Would trying to meet/network with these people be anchored in some kind of neediness or desire to establish a friendship?
Any idea how can these attempts be well received and successful?
|08-06-2009, 09:04 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Sacramento, California
My spiritual teacher often inspired me. I once asked her if she had anyone in her life that made her feel the way she made me feel. She shook her head "no" and began to cry. Although she had lots of students who brought her fulfillment through her work, she was so busy helping people that she had few friends. I told her I'd be honored to be that person for her.
Now we've transitioned from teacher/student to friends. The relationship is full of inspiration that flows both ways, and I hold it precious. I'm also grateful for the lesson I learned about not putting people on pedestals.
|08-06-2009, 10:44 PM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2006
I've been learning so much about networking this week (an aspiring humorist needs that skill set!) and this article, in particular, clinches it.
Over at another writer's forum I go to, I've asked about what to "do" when you network, and so far, the advice has been the safe. Seek to make mutually beneficial connections. At least, that's what I thought. But another seasoned writer-and now you as well-cleared it up for me. It's exactly as you said. Networking, at best, is simply making friends for the sake of friendship. And now that I've read it again, I've come to realize that I can't even keep my mentality of networking for the sake of business. I think it's because the longer I have that mentality, the more I invite in the state of scarcity that I've been working to replace with the state of happiness. I'm working to operate from a happiness mindset, and by thinking about networking as just making good friends, it perfectly compliments what I've been trying to do.
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