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If I Were 22, Advice For the Class of 2014 and Young Professionals.

This article is written for the graduating class of 2014 and young professionals, with the hope of helping to guide them as they embark on the journey of fulfilling their hopes and dreams, and also to face their fears as they move towards their ultimate success. #IfIWere22

If only I knew then what I know now.               

If you are going on a journey you need a road map or you will travel aimlessly. One of the most important things a young professional can do is map out your journey of success. What will I use as a map, one may ask? Your map is made by setting your goals, writing them down, and keep them in front of you at all times. It seems so easy, but believe it or not, less than 5% actually take the time to do this.

When I was 22 someone told me about this and I paid no attention to it. I thought “How can simply writing down my goals actually make me more successful? Just go and do it!” But because of the source of this advise, a man I highly respected , I did what he said and wrote my goals down. One of my goals was to start a small retail outlet to earn additional income. After writing them down I wound up tucking them away in my nightstand draw and forgot I ever did it. The year was 1985 and I was 21 years old. I remember it vividly because of the power of what happened next.

At that time I lived in Brooklyn, NY and was a NY Mets fan. As I followed the team I noticed, early in the 1986 season, a bunch of NY Mets video tapes were being produced and thought this would be a great way to make some money. In June of 1986, at a Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Networking Event, I found a wholesale video distributor that carried a variety of NY Mets video tapes, recapping the best of their games since 1969. I then looked for a location in Brooklyn where I can have an outlet to sell them. In July I contracted a small space in what was then called the Ave I Market, It was only open weekends Friday through Sunday and cost only $165 a weekend. I contracted that space and invested $500 in these video tapes. As the season progressed more and more New Yorker’s were getting excited to see the Amazing Mets and more and more of these videos were selling. The Mets went on to win the 1986 World Series and my little 10 foot by 12 foot booth in this market became the place to get Mets videos.

Shortly after the Mets won the World Series they came out with a dozen different commemorative video tapes recapping the 1986 season and that was just in time for the holiday season. Then the market announced they would open 7 days a week from November to January. The rent doubled and sales quadrupled. By the end of the holiday season, my $500 investment paid all the rent for the space and net profit was over $25,000. I continued in that small space until that market closed.

Sometime in 1987 I misplaced an important document and rummaged through drawers all over my house. To my surprise, I came across the goals I have written down in 1985 and recognized that the one goal I wanted most at that time had been fulfilled. Now mind you I didn’t even look at this in over 2 years and it had come to fruition. That’s when I realized the power of setting written goals. Since then I have written goals, accomplished them, set new ones. I keep them in front of me at all times realizing that they are my road map to success.

Recipe for Success.

Although many years have passed since then, and much success in my life has been achieved, I still am not where I want to be in life. My hope for you is the same for me, I never want to be. I always want to keep striving to be at a better place than I am.

I don’t claim to know everything about success, but I know one thing about the recipe for success.

Here it is

  • 2% motivation,
  • 3% inspiration,
  • 10% determination.
  • 85% Failure

Failure is the main ingredient to success and everything you want in life is on the other side of a person’s fear to fail. That’s why most people don’t succeed, simply because they are afraid to fail. Conquer your fear, move forward, fail forward and succeed.

Determination is the second most important part of this recipe. Your desire to succeed will drive you through your failures.

Inspiration, the 3rd most important. Be inspired by people who have achieved the success you desire. Keep these people around you. Create your inner circle of success. As the saying goes, “Hang around dogs and you’ll catch fleas”. You will become the combination of the top 5 people you spend the most time with, choose them carefully. If you can’t change the people you spend time with, than change the people you spend time with.

And finally Motivation. People may think motivation should be higher on the list. I say anyone can be motivated to do anything, but rarely do it. Most successful people will achieve their success because they were inspired to by someone they look up to, not someone they heard speak for an hour and never heard from them again. Although motivation is important in this recipe for success, it is the least important. If you are going to be motivated, get motivated by those who inspire you to accomplish great things.

The best advice I can give to you, the young professional entering today’s business world is one word, Listen. The saying goes ‘God gave you two ears and one mouth, listen twice as much as you speak.” Pay close attention to someone when they speak to you. Most everything you want to accomplish with them will be revealed to you by what they say. You will find that, rather selling them on your idea, product or service, you will be, fulfilling their needs and they will be thankful for it.

One last thing I will say to you in closing is…Never, Never Quit. #IfIWere22

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Networking Rules of Engagement, The 1-2-3’s of Networking

When going to a networking event, one often walks into a room full of people that are already networking. So how do you join in the conversation, and when? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3, when you follow these simple rules and let them guide you.

Rule 1 – 1 Person

As you walk in the room, scan for anyone standing alone. That’s the easy way, simply approach them and introduce yourself. Keep in mind, they are there for that very reason, so your introduction will be welcomed.

Rule 2 – 2 People

Anytime you see 2 people interacting, even if you know you just have to meet either one of them, just keep a mental note of who they are, and by no means, interrupt them. They are already engaged in a conversation and your interruption will be viewed as rude and intrusive. Simply take note, and circle back to them. Oh, by the way, don’t hover over them waiting for them to finish either.

Rule 3 – 3 people

This is the fun one. Anytime you see 3 people engaged in conversation at a networking event, feel free to introduce yourself  and simply ask, “May I join in?” This is typically and open conversation and if done properly will lead to 2 or more one-on-one conversations.

So remember the childhood phrase, “Red Light, Green Light, 1-2-3”

Red Light – 2 people, Don’t Approach

Green Light – 1 person, Approach

1-2-3(Groups of 3) – Feel Free to Join In

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Yours in Success,

Thomas Camarda

Thomas Camarda is a professional networker and speaks at networking events and seminars nationally. Thomas offers Networking training, both one-on-one or for your Networking Group.

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High Touch Meets High Tech, Using Social Media In Networking. Becoming The Ultimate Networker

To some, networking is physically going out to events, to others it’s staying connected online. For successful network’s, it’s a mix of both.

Networking is a process made up of greet, meet and communicate. Going to a networking event is a great way to meet new people, and it works, as long as you properly communicate with those you meet. Social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, to name a few, are great ways to communicate and stay in touch with the people, already in your network, and those new to your network.

High Touch is what I like to call the personal, one on one, opportunities you get to meet new contacts. A handshake, and look in the eye, is something that can only be exchanged personally and can never be replaced by a phone call, email or social media web site. Here’s a question to ponder. You’re driving home after working late, it’s 10:30 at night. As you’re driving your tire blows out. Outside of roadside assistance, do you call someone or send out a dozen emails and see who show up? Sounds silly, but the only person you will call is the person you have a close relationship with. Now let’s take that analogy to your business. You have a project you need to have done by the end of the week, do you make the call to the person you know is best suited to assist, or post it blindly on the web. The stronger the relationships you build, the stronger the bond is created.

High Tech is what I like to call a great form of communication. High tech is any kind of electronic communication including email, and social media web sites. After you have met your contact, and made your connection, invite them to look at your social media profile. If you don’t have one, create one. In today’s fast-moving world it is imperative to be active in social media. This gives your network the opportunity to see what you are doing and what you are all about. Let’s use LinkedIn as an example. Note, no preference intended, you can use whatever social media site that you like. Be sure your profile is up to date and accurate and invite your new contact to connect with you. You can also add your profile web site address to your email signature, so others in your network can connect with you as well.

People love information, so give it to them. We all have one thing in our businesses that we are passionate about. Start a discussion group and write about that topic once a week, this is a great way to let people know exactly how much you know about your business and also gently reminds them the reason why they should call on you and refer you when it come time that their need arises in using your services. Start your own Blog, there are many ways to do this for free. Look at the popularity of the very Blog host you are reading, WordPress. This is a great way to communicate and help strengthen your bond with your network. Many social media websites offer ways to connect on other sites. For instance, when you post something to LinkedIn, it gives you the option to also post it to Twitter. When you add a new Blog post, it gives you the option to connect it to other media sites as well.

When using the High Touch Meets High Tech method of networking, you will not only build a strong network, you will build strong bonds.

Next Week’s Networking Tip: Networking Your Network. Your Referral Pipeline.

If you are in the Philadelphia area I invite you to My Ultimate Networking Event Live . Here you will meet top business leaders and decision makers from all around the Philadelphia, South Jersey, and Delaware area. This is where you can put your networking skills to work and build a solid business network with true professionals that can help build your business. Just for reading this blog, use promo code: BTUN and get an additional $5 discount. Go To http://TheUltimateNetworkingEvent-tcblog.Eventbrite.com to register.

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Yours in Success,

Thomas Camarda

Thomas Camarda is a professional networker and speaks at networking events and seminars nationally. Thomas offers Networking coaching, both one-on-one or for your Networking Group.

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