As a follow up to my post titled Gratitude Attitude, I want to talk about how happy it makes me to bring value to others. Not only is it great to get referrals from other companies and allies, but it is equally satisfying to bring business to others too. I want to be a contributor to the ecosystem in any way that I can, and every time a referral turns into business I am stoked on both ends.
So far in May I’ve referred out 3 opportunities that all seem super promising for both parties. Also, one introduction I made late last month, just converted into a six figure branding and positioning job for a partner firm and there is another in it’s final stages too. It genuinely brings a big smile to my face!
For the past 16 months I have also been focused on trying to help/mentor one Entrepreneur or new business idea each month, by offering some free time and advice. I try to guide them on how to handle early stage tactics, how to navigate the ups and downs (there are so many) and where they need to focus. I also try to refer them to others who can help, places to find content/information to arm them on their journey or even to tools like Evernote (to help them be efficient and organized) or Headspace (to help keep them sane).
In the end of the day, I am a big believer in being an active and contributing member of your community, whatever that community might be. If I were a Doctor, friends and family would call me all the time asking me for advice or to offer a quick diagnosis, and of course I would be right on it. This is no different. Though I am no Doctor, my skill is in growing businesses on social media and I want to flood that world, with positive energy all day, every day.
It might result in referred business for me in the long game, (and I will take it of course) but while that will lead to satisfaction, it is not my motivation. The short term upside of showing love and giving back is more than enough.
Despite the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur and the hard work and hustle needed each and every minute, I spend most of my days feeling a real sense of gratitude. Not just for being alive and healthy (knocks on wood) or for my beautiful wife and amazing family (luckiest guy around), but for being given the opportunity to do what I love and work with and for amazing people.
My team comes in every day and works so hard for my company, despite all of the noise and distractions in this market. LinkedIn recruiters, friends at other jobs, others traveling the world and a grass is always greener mentality that exists in the back of the minds of young millennials can really cause confusion and aggravation. Despite all of these things, they focus and dedicate themselves to growing our vision together and for that I am forever grateful and humbled.
My clients have many options out there when it comes to social media agencies, yet they put their trust and faith in Sircle Media. That is something I take very seriously and I work hard to prove them right each and every day. Not only do they come and stay, but they refer other brands and business owners – the ultimate stamp of approval for a service business like mine.
In the first 3 months of the year, I received 14 referrals of which 9 committed to some work and the rest were given great advice or guidance and were very pleased with the value I brought them. I cant even begin to explain how much it means to me, so Monica, Mark (both of you), Mike, Emily, Jen, Carina, Josh, Zach, Ben, Joseph and Naomi- THANK YOU!
We live in interesting times, and there can be a lot to be stressed out about for sure. I choose to take a different POV and instead I value the good in people and the relationships I continue to create and foster. In an age of constant communication and noise, it is incredibly helpful to stop, pause and appreciate!