Your Success is Affected By Your Network, and How Your Work That Network

Do you know the value of the missed opportunities you’ve let slip through your fingers in just this past week alone? Go ahead, think back. I’ll wait. I’m sure there was an invitation you turned down, an offer that didn’t quite look the way you expected it to that you dismissed, or a person you felt was of no use to you. All of these translate into missed dollars and opportunties. Or as I like to call them “blocked blessings”.
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You’re probably saying, “look, I’m really busy, and I have a lot on my plate. I don’t have time to indulge every thing or every body who wants my time and attention”. And that wouldn’t be entirely wrong. But any businesswoman knows that you cannot grow an empire of any scale without being able to leverage relationships and opportunities. Sure, above I talked about it from the relationship standpoint. But there are other points of leverage you should always be considering.

My 3 Tips

So what the heck am I doing? Trying to make you feel guilty for choosing to put yourself first? Nope. You always should. But don’t get so wrapped up in your own importance that the bigger picture gets clouded.

  • Tip #1: Don’t dismiss opportunities because they don’t look like or fit into what your perception of a blessing should be. Any situation with a great upside can be leveraged for maximum return if you ask the right questions and look below the surface. How many times have you heard about the story of the princess and the frog? The frog was a king or prince or something who had a spell cast upon him. And you know the rest. Blessings aren’t always going to be gift-wrapped and handed to you in a silver platter. In real estate, the ugliest houses turn out to be opportunities in disguise. People with snob mentality won’t see the potential, but someone who has a trained eye on possibilities, will always win the blessing! Don’t block blessings because they don’t fit your checklist. Be open and aware. Dig deeper and learn how to discern opportunity…and be willing to do the work. Otherwise someone else will walk away with your blessing…and your profit!
  • Tip #2: Silence (and not showing up) is not the answer. Leverage events, platforms and situations to find a win for everyone. Showing up takes guts, patience and commitment. Take the time to pre-vet a person, event or introduction and don’t be afraid to get specific about value. One of the things that I ask when someone says they want to introduce me to someone is what synergies do you see and how can we help each other? If the person cannot answer that other than to say “I just think you guys have a lot in common”, I take the initiative to send the person a follow up email and ask them point blank how we can help one another. Once they have a clear vision of that, then I will grant the meeting or call. The last thing you want to be doing is floundering on a call or in an awkward meeting not knowing why you’re there. BUT, what you don’t want t do is just not show up. Vetting is YOURresponsibility. And if there is an opportunity to get some real business done, it is your responsibility to show up. You miss 100% of the shots your don’t take. Take those shot, get out there. SHOW UP.
  • Tip #3: Keep those lines of communication open, even if you are busy. Leverage those relationships you’ve been building by keeping in touch. Your life may be moving fast, but opportunities move faster. If you’ve kept your head buried so deep into whatever you have going on, and someone has an opportunity that can potentially be lucrative, but you don’t communicate with them, they’ll share that opportunity elsewhere. Let people know you have things going on. But stay in touch. A quick note letting them know you may not be available now, but want to stay in the loop with developments. A quick private message on their chosen form of social media to let them know you haven’t forgotten about them and thanking them for their patience and understanding. A quick 5 minute call just to check in. It’s a respect thing, plus it let’s them know that you are down for opportunities. And they’ll know you’re serious about grooming the relationship and will keep you in mind for the really cool stuff.

So be sure to train your eyes, ears and minds to spot possibility. Slow down a step and find out what’s really going on. Relationships are a two way street. Show up. Be respectful. Be mindful. And don’t block your blessings!
Til next time,
Adrienne Graham
Founder, Mogul Chix, LLC
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Adrienne Graham is the Founder of Mogul Chix, LLC (, a global company and community for female founders and women entrepreneurs. She works with female-founded companies to grow, scale & making them investment ready. She is CEO of Empower Me! Corporation, a growth strategies consultancy for high growth companies. She provides Strategic Business Growth advisory services to companies with high growth potential to assist clients in creating processes and strategies to effectively scale, run, grow and position their business for success. Adrienne is an author, serial entrepreneur and avid techie dedicated to promoting inclusive diversity in the tech, VC and startup community. She is steadily building her empire one company at a time. She is also a Mentor for the Straight Shot Accelerator in Omaha, NE, which helps guide startups into successfully launched ventures.

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