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About six months ago, I joined our local Chamber of Commerce. This has given me a chance to meet a number of the small business leaders in my community. I've had a lot of conversations getting to know people, the businesses they represent, and their outlook on the world.
Here are three things I have learned (or perhaps re-learned) from these conversations:
- The best people in business are the ones who genuinely want to help people. Those who are self-serving are pretty easy to figure out, and they leave a bad taste in people's mouths. The best people find ways to help - even if it's referring to someone else.
- There are lots of different ways to talk about how you can help. Experimenting and adjusting with that keeps things fresh.
- Strong connections with others don't come along every day, but when they do, they often come from a discovery (perhaps even accidentally) of common values, more than common experience, sports teams, or weather.
What is most enjoyable for me is how I have been able to connect to others who also want to do work with genuine value while doing well for themselves.
In the meantime, check out this resource about how we balance action and reflection in decision-making.
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