Over the last two decades, Douglas Vermeeren has conducted extensive firsthand research into the lives of the world's top achievers. He has the success strategies of top business leaders from Nike, Reebok, Fruit of the Loom, FedEx, KFC, United Airlines, Microsoft, Disney, and others to share with you. ABC television and FOX Business refer to him as the Modern Day Napoleon Hill. He has authored 3 books in the Guerrilla Marketing Series and is the CEO of Entrepreneur of Influence. He is a regular featured expert on FOX, CNN, ABC, NBC, CTV, CBC, The Huffington Post, NY Daily News, and others.
Why is the most valuable skill you can generate? It will be the one that opens the most doors of opportunity, gives you the most benefit and support and naturally creates the most income. Over the years I have been able to study more than 400 of the world's top achievers much like what Napoleon Hill had done to write the landmark book Think and Grow Rich. While engaged in this research there were two powerful things that occurred. One of these things was an observation and the other was a result.
The observation was that EVERY single top achiever that I met with attained their success because of who they surrounded themselves with. The old adage Your Network equals your Net Worth is unquestionably true. Associations at high level opened up opportunities not available to the general public. High level networks have access to support, systems, clients and more high level introductions. Without a powerful network you are limited to your personal efforts and your connections are limited.
Nearly all results in life come through our interactions with others. If you have a low level of network you will have a low level of results.
The results I experienced were first hand success and wealth. Obviously success is not a destination but an ongoing series of experiences. As I began to level up my connections my results have continued to rise. Those that entered my network helped me, mentored me, opened my eyes to possibilities I had never experienced or considered. My network literally taught me what success could look like. Perspective is a powerful thing and generally a result of who you spend the most time with. We are all teaching and influencing each other. If you surround yourself with inadequate teachers and influences you will live far below your potential.
The #1 Habit and skill of the rich is high level networking.
Your network determines your net worth. But first you must decide what is of worth to you and what you value most.
Networking is not about simply making a sale it is about creating relationships that make selling easier.
Your network is a safety net that allows you to solve bigger problems.
Your network will determine your quality of life more than any other factor.
All wealth comes from your ability to connect with other people.
Social capital is the most important asset a company or individual can build in today's marketplace.
Your highest value skill will be your ability to connect with people who can help you get what you want.
Access is the most highly sought after opportunity today.
Your rolodex is your greatest asset.
It is better to have 100 friends than 1000 rubles. Russian Proverb
We become the combination of the 5 people we spend the most time with.
We rise to the level of the things we allow to influence us.
The people you have in your network determine the opportunities that you have access to.
People help their friends most.
It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
Everything you want is only a relationship away.
The pre-internet concept of six degrees of separation is now obsolete. You are now closer to everyone you want to connect with than ever before.
All high level success is created by a team, not an individual.
How well are you known in the network that matters.
True networking is rarely done. It’s not about exchanging business cards or meeting for coffee. It is creating synergistic long term connections that create powerful outcomes for all involved.
The highest connections come because what you are doing has meaning.
Curiosity is at the foundation of connection.
If you are the smartest person in the room you are in the wrong room.
Business success is a CONTACT sport.
Connection is a result of shared emotional experiences. Nothing bonds better.
A circle of influence is never created by accident.
Good networks don’t build themselves.
You’ll never do a $1 Million dollar deal at a $10 breakfast.
Be so on-purpose that people want you in their network.
Decide in advance what you want from your connections.
Networking is rarely about attending a networking event.
First impressions can determine your final outcomes.
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