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One conversation away from a breakthrough
The cheat code to new opportunities, undiscovered ideas, and overcoming nagging challenges! PLUS… there's a business to be built here!
My mission is simple: To help ignite critical-thinking and encourage you to DO things that will actually make a difference in your own life (the not-so-pretty version).
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There’s a compelling business here to create… for anyone who understands the immense value in the advice I’m about to pass along.
Most of my fans who have spent time in this online Bear Lair know how passionate I am about mentorship in real life (IRL). Especially for the generations who were actually spit out onto this planet past, say, the early 2000s (when the Internet just got into full swing).
And, via this bulletin, I already talked about the severe need for critical-thinking skills and context-communication habits… in today’s youth. So I won’t rehash that here.
But what I would like to do is compel you to ask yourself the following… as you read the below inspirational-prompt from Jakob Greenfield, editor of Business Brainstorms.
In what ways is there a legit market gap here?
How can I connect people, in a big way, with the right mentors? More so than just one-off connections!
What tools, apps, resources are available to make some kind of connective-mentorship model work?
Over to Jakob:
Looking for new opportunities? Struggling to figure out your next move?
Talk to people.
Looking for customers? New clients? A job?
Talk to people.
Looking for advice? Hitting a wall? Feeling stuck?
Skip the courses and books and TALK TO PEOPLE!
Yes, I know. Browsing the bestseller lists on Amazon is a definitely more comfortable than talking to people.
I, too, would love to pay 99 cents for an e-book and have all my questions answered.
But it doesn’t work like that.
99.99% of people don’t write books or record YouTube videos. And even if they did, the chances that they talk about things directly relevant to you are slim.
Content by its very nature must generalize. It’s a one-to-many medium. It’s never specific enough to be that useful unless you get extremely lucky.
You can get big picture ideas like “document everything and build systems”. But you won’t get the nitty-gritty details of how people in your exact situation have successfully done this. If you’re lucky, you’ll get one or two case studies.
In a world where everyone is hiding behind chat interfaces and is constantly distracted by infinite amounts of content, the willingness to talk to people is almost a cheat code at this point.
It’s one of the most common patterns I see among successful people.
When they are between projects and not sure what to do next, they schedule meetings with whoever is willing to talk to them.
They are transparent that there is not really an agenda, they’re just figuring out what to do next. And a ton of people are willing to help in a situation like that.
The next big idea will then most likely not come in a single conversation. In fact, a lot of these conversations feel like a waste of time. But over the course of many conversations, a pattern will emerge.
Now, this is definitely a messy process. It’s not as clean as reading a book or taking a course where someone walks you through a 5-step process.
But unlike these, talking to people actually works.
In one-on-one conversations, you can get specific. You can ask questions. You can get direct feedback. You can get advice. You will be challenged. You can get introductions. And people are willing to share a lot more than on Twitter or in a blog post.
So, whether you’re feeling lost or you’ve hit a roadblock on your journey to success, remember this: you’re usually just a dozen or so conversations away from a breakthrough.
Back to the Bear:
When push comes to shove… YOU, like all enterprising and success-oriented souls, need to overcome challenges. Doing that, 100% digitally, won’t cut the mustard.
Younger generations, especially, need to have in-real-life conversational outlets. They need access to so-called “wise men” who have a thing or two to pass down to ensure they’re not wasting needless time and/or not leveraging their efforts from prior mistakes made.
In what ways can a business be built to accommodate those who don’t have access to talk to people (per Jakob’s advice above)?