Career Tip: Improve Your Inner Circle
Today’s tip could fit into entrepreneurship, business but also the life tip category. It is actually a follow up to last week’s tip which was Shrink Your Inner Circle. Today’s tip is: Improve/Increase Your Inner Circle. Let’s focus on the word increase because you can actually improve your inner circle by shrinking it or increasing it. Today we want to focus on increasing your inner circle.
What issues in your life do you seek the most advice?
What challenges in your life give you the most problems?
Does someone else have the advice that you’re seeking?
Does someone else have the answers to your problems?
The goal is to be able to go to your inner circle and get the best advice and get answers to your problems. But, how can you do that if your current group of
friends, family, colleagues, and/or co-workers don’t have the answers?
I’ll share a personal story of what has worked for me. When I first decided that I wanted to put some of my writing into documentary format, I didn’t know anyone who had the same interests. So, I decided to take a field production class and learn about filming documentaries. In this class, I met several people who had similar interests to mine. While in the class and after, I networked with several of my classmates to learn, seek advice and find answers to my problems. And, in turn, I was able to help them with writing and marketing tips. Over the years, I’ve volunteered and taken classes that helped me learn but also allowed me to network with people who had a different specialty from mine. This allowed me to add them to my inner circle.
Now, I’ll be real, everyone doesn’t want to share advice and problem solve for you. However, when you join organizations whose goals are to provide support for you, then you’re most likely to find support there. So think about it, is there an organization out there whose mission is to help people with the challenges that you are facing? If so, they’d probably be able to help you as well.
**I want to add a personal note. When I take classes or join organizations, I am open to networking and meeting people. Even though I have had many successes, I don’t come to organizations or groups like a know-it-all. I’m always there to learn and share. That attitude works well for increasing your inner circle.**
I hope this tip helps someone out there. If you have any tips or questions that you’d like me address on my site or on the Live Better podcast, please email me at YShiraz AT YasminShiraz dot net. For more Live Better episodes, please visit www.yasminshiraz.net , sign up on iTunes or sign up on Stitcher Radio. And, our show is now on YouTube.
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