Who REALLY has your back? The question is of obvious importance but most of us have no clue as to the answer.
Recently I picked up a book, by Keith Ferrazzi, with the name, Who’s Got Your Back. The book discusses the importance of finding and developing deep relationships with an “inner circle” of friends and associates who have your best interest at heart, will be candid with you, and who will help you with your real estate business and personal growth.
As I was reading through I realized that I have done this in my life without the formal attempt but that I could carry this advantage much further if I made it a conscious priority in my life. I feel like this may be the best book I read all year and will contribute to my future growth in exponential ways. So, I felt like I should share this with the HomeGain real estate community.
One of the statements in the book that really struck me was that even though we are more connected than ever through our cell phones and the internet we seem to be more alone.
The book stated that in 1985 the average American had 3 people to whom they could confide matters but by 2006 that number had dropped to 2 and that 25% of Americans admitted that they had no confidants at all.
Wow! It is tough to go through life when you have no true confidants to bounce tough situations off of.
Ferrazzi says it does not have to be this way and that we can proactively create these transformative relationships and positive life changes. He proposes that we need “lifeline relationships” that are peer to peer based between essential equals. Although he says mentor relationships are important — they are not the same as lifeline relationships. Lifelines are between equals where mentor relationships are between master and apprentice.
The key is to find a group with whom you can apply 4 key mind sets:
I have found that these types of relationships require time. It takes time to know if someone is really “all in” as a “true lifeline”. I spent the last couple of days with some of my “lifelines” (I know they are true lifelines because of the trust built up over a period of time and the fact that I am most certainly farther down the road than I would have been on my own) and with possible new lifelines. These relationships are most certainly worth the time and effort!
I don’t have time to fully develop the ideas put forward in the book so I highly recommend that you pick up this book and give it a read. If I can be a lifeline to you — contact me through my Columbus Home Show website.