Find out how to make valuable connections with people and create amazing relationships with potential mentors, investors, clients and friends
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This is the first of a five part video series of my top 5 top tips to thrive or my “High 5 to Thrive”.
Now it might be thriving financially, thriving in your business, or you might have a business idea that you have created in your mind that you are passionate about but you just don’t know how to bring it out to the world. It could also be thriving in health, vitality, whatever area it is, it’s really about thriving.
The first tip for today is about connection and how to make great connections. I get asked this question a lot because I get to hang out with some really, really cool people and it is one of my natural talents in finding amazing people because I am driven by figuring out how things work. So if I want to figure out how things work, I go and find the people who are achieving the results in that area and I go and hang out with them. Then I get asked a lot, how do I just naturally connect with people. What I do is, when I go into these relationships or when I go to meet these people, the first thing I do is find out where they hang out. So for example if I wanted to create great health, there is no point going down to McDonald’s to find out how health operates or going down to a medical centre where most people are sick and asking them about health because it is not going to work, it is not going to give me the results I want.
So the first thing I do is put myself into an environment with people who are achieving the result that I want. When I wanted to create success in my business, I naturally started hanging out with business people and people who were achieving great results, not just people who were just trying to make money and screwing the world. I was passionate about helping people in a positive way that was going to create abundance for me but also going to have an abundance affect on everyone that I came in contact with so that I could leave a positive vibe or impact on their lives.
I wanted to find those same business people who lived by the same philosophies and values so I started going to seminars and events and finding out where these people hang out and I put myself into those environments. I remember one time I had almost gone broke and bankrupt in one of my businesses back years and years ago and I knew that this event was coming up so I got a credit card and put $10,000 on the credit card plus flights and accommodation to be able to go to this 3 day event. But it was probably one of the best things I have ever done as it put me in an environment of success. When I was in that environment I was able to meet people who were passionate, abundant, thriving, who had these other great relationships in which they were able to help me as they could put me in contact with other people who could help me on my journey. From there I developed some of my closest friendships as well just by being in that room.
The second thing is when I go into a relationship with someone or when I first meet someone the first thing that comes into my mind is how can I help them and what is important to them in their life? So I ask them questions. I want to find out what are their values, what do they value in life and why are they doing what they are doing? Is it because they just want to create money or is it because they have a deeper more meaningful purpose for what they are doing in life. Do they want great health because they have a reason to have great health? Do they have children; do they have family, what is it that drives them? That is one of the questions I want to know.
The other thing after that is how can I help them. Is there a connection that I already have that could help them? So for example if someone comes to me and says, “Michael, I have been establishing this business and I don’t have a business coach, I don’t have someone to help me get started or I don’t have the funding.” The first thing that goes through my head is who do I already know that can help them and I can put them in contact because I know that one day that is going to come back to me. By helping others you are naturally going to attract people that want to help you. If you go into a relationship and you want to get something from them, whether it is information, their time, their money, their ideas or their opinions, that is taking something from them. Most people don’t think about ideas or knowledge or what they value in life as being something of value or something that may be valuable to them and because of that it naturally repels people or attracts negative people into their life or people that do the same thing. So it is really important to go into a relationship asking the right questions which could be, how can I help them? What is important to them? How can I connect them with the right people?
Because of that exact strategy of connection, the Thrive Time event was born. The event is with Bradley Smith, who is Global Young Entrepreneur of the Year R/U, 2x Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Australian of the Year (Tas) and now sits on the advisory board for the Reserve Bank of Australia representing small business at the age of 27. I met him at that $10,000 event, he was a young kid sitting in front of me with a hat on, baggy pants, t-shirt and I thought, who is this kid? So I went up and spoke to him and asked him questions and we went out for lunch and now we have developed this friendship, which has been going on for almost 5 years. A great friendship and because of that, it has allowed me to come in contact with other great friendships too.
If you don’t already know, the Thrive Time event is coming up in Adelaide, if you haven’t got your tickets yet, please do so, because you are going to be in the environment of some really great people, those who want to achieve great things, those who might just have great ideas and want to get on top of their finances, those who may have a business idea that don’t know how to start with it just yet or people who are already extremely successful in what they do and it could create other connections and open up more opportunities for you.
(First 50 tickets also get access to an exclusive pre-event networking cocktail party)
I look forward to you joining me back here for tip number 2 as part of my High Five to Thrive series.
“It’s your time to thrive.”
Learn – Love – Live with Mojo