In his book, A Life Best Lived, master business coach Danny Creed shares a counterintuitive insight: “There is an old Zen teaching that says in order to be successful, we must slowdown in order to speed up.”
Creed goes on to explain that often you become your own worst enemy by continuing to do what you’ve been doing. By taking the time, however, to slow down and refrain from the constant grind, perhaps just a half a step, you can honestly analyze what you’ve been doing.
From this slower pace you gain an understanding and acceptance that what you’re doing is either not effective or, worse yet, actually undermining your efforts.
With this insight, you can alter your course or tweak your approach. From there, you can not only get back the half of step you lost but also pick up the pace going forward. As Creed implies, often the best way to speed up is to slow down first.
this, everything you do with respect to your network will somehow, some way,
come back to you. Referrals given work into referrals for you in return.
Encouragement comes back as encouragement. Introductions made result in
introductions received. Know that what you put into your network comes back to
that, also know this. Very little (if any) of what you do for your network will
come back to you tomorrow. Or even next week. Or, perhaps next month, for that
matter. You simply need to trust that what you put into your network will eventually
come back to you.
while you wait for these returns on your networking investment, remain
optimistic about your networking efforts and simply keep contributing. And as
you do, do whatever you can to keep from being discouraged. You’ve made an
investment. The returns are coming. Believe that.