There is an old saying that those of average means ought to take their rich friends to lunch. Having long heeded this wisdom, I’ve been privy to a great deal of sage advice from these wealth masters.
Admittedly, I was quite surprised to discover one thing in common between them – a factor they all indicated was pivotal in their quest for financial freedom.
That factor? They have all chosen to forgo the use of electronic calendars on their computers or mobile devices, in favor of paper calendars. Yes, you heard right. Harking back to the post-Internet days when desk calendar blotters and pocket planners were in vogue, these three digital Luddites have elected to turn back the clock, at least in terms of planning their daily schedules.
Now for some breaking news. I have made the decision to join them. Yep, I’m ordering my PassionPlanner today.
Back in the 90’s when I was a freshly minted entrepreneur in my Armani suits, hustling for business in Chicago, I carried around the infamous Franklin Planner, a creation of that iconic time management expert Stephen Covey. Back then, Franklin had these huge Apple-ish retail stores where enthusiasts could pick up everything from calendar filler pages to pricey leather-bound briefcases in which to house their scheduling systems. They offered seminars on how to effectively manage your personal and professional activities, replete with a simple yet effective system for assessing your A-B-C priority list. For me, The Franklin – as it was affectionately known – was my go-to source for everything I needed to maximize my day-to-day productivity.
Fast forward to 2007 when smartphones first appeared on the scene en masse. It was at this point that all reasonably minded people began to question whether it made sense to migrate the calendar function over to our electronic devices. Given my proclivity for being an early adopter, I was among the first to make the jump. And frankly, I’ve regretted it ever since. “
There are SO many ways to network in your city or town. Websites are all over the place helping individuals, companies, and groups find like-minded friends and colleagues to expand their network and overall spice for life!
I’ve made a list of a few options when looking for a meet-up of like-minded folks in your area.
- Meetup.com: This is the number one place to find all the topics/interests you can dream of! Have a passion for small, white, fluffy dogs? There’s a meet-up for that! Love underground techno music, yep other people do too, and want to meet you! Want to talk to other entrepreneurs to learn about the struggles of starting a small business? They are probably your neighbors! Sign up. You won’t regret it.
- Reddit.com: Either you Reddit or you don’t, but I promise, once you start you can’t stop. Most towns have their own ‘sub-Reddit’. A place where you can bitch about parking violations, how people drive, and the dogs who poop in your yard. It’s also a place to find like-minded people and start a conversation!
- Eventbrite.com: This gives you a chance to browse the latest posted events in your area and get tickets! You can also use this site if you want to start your own networking event! (pro tip: offer free food to get your first round of new comers!)
- Facebook.com: This goes without saying. Type whatever interest, hobby, or profession that interests you in the top search bar along with your city/town and surely you’ll come up with some active groups in your area. If you don’t, maybe it’s time to build an online community to find more like-minded people!
Perhaps you use another tool? Please share your expertise in the comments section and we’ll add it to the list!
Now onto the challenge:
From now until the last day of February (29 days this year! #leapyear), try and attend ONE meetup. Check one out, expand your network. While you’re there, take a picture and post it to your Instagram. Seriously…so much reward for rewarding yourself. #BeResponsible means to grow in success in 2016. Use this challenge to take a step in the right direction.
Questions about how to find the right meet up? Ideas or tips for other networkers? Let us know: email@example.com. Best of luck and don’t forget to submit your photo to the challenge!
A highlight of the 21st century has been our increasing ability to connect with the rest of the world through the wonders of technology. As internet speed and usage have increased, we’ve been able to network with people halfway around the globe. However, statistics show that a vast majority of the African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries are suffering from a lack of networkability due to limited internet access. India-based company Saankhya Labs has produced the Pruthvi Chip, and Google is continuing work on their Project Loon, both of which