The power of a strong community is undeniable. If you are not convinced that social media is all about community, read my friend Marcus Sheridan, he just lives and breaths what community means online.
I often look at my community and find everyone brings something different. This is how I look at my online community.
They don’t just give me advice, they are a sounding board for my life and my business. My mentors are not only smart and successful but they share my personal values. Values is a big word and people often ask what metric I use to judge others.
It’s very simple, these are people I wouldn’t mind watching my daughter.
If you think looking after a child doesn’t mean you can be a good entrepreneur, think again. Erica Allison, will give you seven reasons why moms rock as entrepreneurs. Mentors have my undivided attention.
This is a much larger group, which includes people I have developed a relationship with online.
This is something I am working hard to change and with the limited time I spend online everyday I try to listen to my tribe as much as possible.
From commenting on their blogs to getting on Skype calls with other bloggers whose work I admire, I always look to solidify the ‘weak’ relationships created by social media.
This group should probably come first, but I put them third. There are several reasons.
- Clients are not my mentors. Although I learn a great deal by helping them, the relationship is not the same as with my mentors.
- Clients are tribe members but again there is a different relationship at work here.
Clients are important, they tell you everything you don’t want to hear about your business. I listen to them.
Perhaps this is how I choose the great people I surround myself with, they are the ones I listen to. Everything else is just noise.
Who do you surround yourself with?
How do you listen to them?
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