Archive for June, 2009

June Newsletter – 2009

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Why NETWORKING is important…

This month my topic is “Networking”.  We all have done networking in our life though you may not even realize it. When you do it well, you reap endless benefits in many areas of life. If you’re questioning whether you’ve networked, I want you to think about times that you ask someone where they like to eat, who do they recommend for this or that, perhaps for dating interests asked your friend to introduce you, and so it goes. We all network, some utilize it more than others.

I’m a HUGE networker.  Why?  I learned early on the value of a recommendation from a friend or someone I respected, especially when I was new to the area or having to deal with something I know very little about.  It’s a pretty common assumption that women, in general, don’t like to deal with mechanical things. We may feel we may be taken advantage of when going to a car dealership or mechanic.  But what if you went in to such a place, asked for someone who worked there because a friend recommended you go there and said “tell ’em I sent you, they’ll take good care of you”…would you feel more confident?  Absolutely!

Word of mouth is by far the best advertisement. This is an absolute fact. The one thing you want to hold on to is your reputation as it can precede you before even meeting someone. Being a person of your word in your work and life will provide you with an on-going resume that is sure to be a blessing.

Currently, many people are in a life changing pattern (unemployed perhaps by choice or not).  Take heart and know that this is merely a stepping stone in the journey of life. Brickwalls and hurdles make us stronger.  Think of this as a challenge and don’t be too proud to get out and network.  Your character and past will be an asset and you need to keep the faith and push forward. BELIEVE and get past the fear of asking for help from others.  People want to help.

I speak from experience folks…yes, my challenges came over a decade ago. I never wanted to bother anyone, ask for help, and wanted to prove to myself and others that I could do “it” (whatever “it” was at the time). WRONG!

None of us can do “it” by ourselves.  We need others.

I had to ask for help as I began to rebuild my life and you know what?  More people than I could imagine came to help me…my angels!  My heart fills with joy as I think of them and tears fill my eyes. Had I given up and not reached out for help, I believe I would have become bitter and never seen the true beauty of the networking.  New lifelong friends were made and the obstacles disappeared and in time, I was better off in many ways.

Do you want to know what I think SUCCESS is…see the poem below. This was a newspaper clipping I found in my father’s keepsakes after he passed away. It touched me deeply because I know he read it often. The paper was very aged and worn but the words spoke so profoundly. My father and my mother were the most successful people I’ll ever know.  FYI – I took the liberty of changing the poem to a female wording…as it reflects the success I want in life.

As you find yourself needing some guidance, help or insight…reach out to those you know and ask for assistance.  I’m confident you will not offend them and you may see doors open that you never imagined.  Don’t let fear hold you back, embrace the fact that God has a plan for you, to give you hope and a future.

If you are struggling with stress, health and finances, I’ve been there and would welcome the opportunity to assist you.  When a door closes, another one opens.

Be Strong * Be Well

Until next month . . .  TCOY!

Lucy

What is Success

She has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled her niche and accomplished her task; who has left the world better than she found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation on Earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best she had; and given them the best she had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction.

 

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