Most of us can think of a friend who’s brilliant at connecting people; someone who always knows exactly the person you need to contact, whether it’s someone to paint your house, help you take the next step in your career, or come and work for you.
Recently, I watched an inspiring TEDtalk by Kare Anderson encouraging all of us to become these connectors, or opportunity-makers as she calls them. Watch the talk here:
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Key phrases that stood out to me include:
‘Opportunity-makers are actively seeking situations with people unlike them and they’re building relationships, and because they do that, they have trusted relationships where they can bring the right team in and recruit them to solve a problem better and faster and seize more opportunities.’
‘It’s not just the first opportunity that you do with somebody else that’s probably your greatest, as an institution or an individual. It’s after you’ve had that experience and you trust each other. It’s the unexpected things that you devise later on you never could have predicted.’
If you are reading my blog, I’d hazard a guess that you’re interested in self-development. Becoming an opportunity-maker seems to give us yet another way to develop ourselves others: sounds like a great idea to me!
Today’s pebble for you to consider: how can you connect and make an opportunity this week?
What do you think?
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