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Success in Business and Life is Found Through Failure

Do you recall when you first learned to ride a bicycle? You probably had an adult hold your seat for you, or at least escort you to a safe place to try it out. You probably fell often. Once you knew how to ride your bicycle did you ever once reflect back to when you were not able to do it? If you picked up a bicycle today after years of not riding your bicycle would you be able to ride the bicycle?

This is a fairly accurate analogy to compare to how we form a new habit or learn a new method of conducting ourselves or our business. There is fear of the unknown. We seek guidance or a helping hand. We fail a few times. We continue to try. We gain confidence with success. We learn how to do something so well we never forget how to do it again.

In your networking, take with you the attitude of ‘helping others’. Ask first how you may be of service to the person you are meeting for the first time. Practice this process over and over again. Overcome any self doubt or fear you may have of networking in this manner. Be sincere and always follow up and follow through.

You will find this to be one of the seeds you will continually plant. One day you will look back and wonder how the beautiful forest grew so tall around you. This method of networking is going to be one of the most rewarding processes you will follow. You will
continually grow and build your network, your referral sources, and your contacts for your business and your life.

Some of you may feel this is unrealistic; you feel you cannot possibly speak this way.
Ask yourself if you have ever heard, “Treat your customers, as you would want to be treated”. How would you react if you met someone networking and they asked you:
“How may I be of service to you?” or “How may I help you?” Are you going to tell me
this would upset you greatly and you would hope to never interact with this person ever again?

There will be a time or two where you may feel taken advantage of or not appreciated. Over time these will be in the minority. The positives will far outweigh any negatives.
Let me know how this is working out for you and share your experiences with me.

If you are ready to network in your most authentic voice and grow your network quickly, start today and contact expert Executive Coach Mitch Tublin, www.thementorguy.com.


  1. Hi Mitch,
    I so agree that the willingness to fail is a key factor in life – both our personal and our business lives. Great post!

  2. Mitch
    Wonderful suggestion to network and offer to help someone!

    • Mitch Tublin Business Strategist says

      In my networking, I lead with, “So how may I help you?”
      This is the best way to connect with people and for them to openly describe their ideal client or how to refer people to them.