I’ve been ambushed, for want of a better word, by an upsurge of telemarketing companies selling their wares this week – maybe they chose the letter “L” off their database hence being the lucky recipient. In any event it triggered a thought about Karma.
It’s true that up to my late 30’s Karma only existed, in my mind, within a tenuous link to a curry dish until the penny dropped it was Korma! Anyway, I digress. Then I began to meet people who had a certain way about them, a positive aura, which would have an extraordinary effect on people who they didn’t necessarily know.
This well-being then began to influence the way I chose to apply to myself when talking and meeting people. Being myself and having a positive attitude. The Karma approach then began to influence in a more robust way to such an extent by just applying one thought – what value can I offer someone to make even the slightest positive difference? This value can come in all manner of guises. A simple thank you for a share, a download, a compliment on a piece of work, a photograph of someone – literally anything as long as it was relevant and, more often than not, a mix of business related and personal.
What has this done for me? Quite literally, over the last few years, made an impact far beyond any techniques you could learn in terms of selling yourself or your product or service.
It has generated long-term relationships, a network that engages in conversations with a trust and openness that is worth its weight in gold, with the add-on ability to engage without fear of rejection. Because representing yourself, and indeed others, can be a lonely journey at times. But if you apply the right attitude you can make such a difference to others and some, not all, remember and they eventually become clients as well as friends.
This, to me, is the true journey to success. This heady mix of trusted relationships and opportunities that make for a true definition of success. I might never lead Apple or Microsoft or whoever but I’ve led, after many a mistake, by an example that I believe makes a difference however slight.
So when you are networking and trying to raise your profile think away from the norm and look to make even the slightest of differences in a positive manner. Like the stone thrown into the middle of the lake – you’ll be surprised at the effect.
Have a good weekend ahead and thank you, as always, for reading.