I wrote a piece on building relationships with “influential people”. I am now avoiding the use of the word “rich” as people were asking me how they could meet people on Forbes’ list (Forbes is a magazine which publishes lists of wealthy people). Apparently to some people, if a name is not on Forbes, the person is not rich. So, let us go with influential.
Now, the entry from Francis: the piece was yo-yo but one comment was simply brilliant. Francis as usual bailed me out, and I want to put that insight here. He explained what I wanted to put across in a more elegant way. Here is his comment on how to connect with influential people. Note that influential does not always mean bags of money (let us avoid that confusion).
It’s not just applicable to asking for money, same goes for asking for job when you have not demonstrated capabilities or shown brilliance; thereby leaving your potential benefactors to do the thinking and then figure out where you can be useful. So much work for busy people…
When we discuss perception demand or creating new demand, even new markets; the lessons aren’t meant for businesses and institutions alone, but for individuals to extrapolate or particularise as well.
When you are very good at something, and have a chance to meet a rich man, go ahead and create a job role that never existed before in the organisation. The phrase: NO VACANCY is meant for ordinary or average people. When you show brilliance and demonstrate capability, men and women will be jostling to create opportunities for you.
Do not ask for money, do not ask for job; just convey competence and value, other things will be circling around you.
I agree on this perspective – it is the element of the Perception Demand I have shared in this blog.
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